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Criminal Justice Planning

The Criminal Justice Planning program operates through an inter-local cooperation agreement with the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor to:

  • Establish funding recommendations with consideration of local and state strategies through the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee
  • Oversee grant processes and management
  • Provide technical assistance

Criminal Justice Advisory Committee

Meetings

Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC) Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 PM, unless otherwise noted. CJAC Meetings are may be attended in-person at the AACOG Board Room at 2700 NE Loop 410, Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78217. Please see below for upcoming meeting information.  

Date: May 11, 2022
Time: 1:30 PM CDT
Agenda: TBD
Location: AACOG Titan Building Boardroom

Criminal Justice Project Rankings FY2023

The CJAC completed grant application scoring on April 12th. The Public Safety Staff reviewed the scores and verified anticipated funding amounts. This was submitted to the AACOG Board of Directors for approval on April 25th. The scores and recommended funding amounts are visible below. Please note that the Office of the Governor (OOG) has the discretion to change these funding amounts to align with state and federal priorities. Applicants can expect to receive funding award notices from the OOG by the end of September 2022.

CJAC Documents
FY2023 Grant Funding Amounts and Scores
FY2023 Applicant Materials:  
Events
Homeland Security

Homeland Security Program

Mission

AACOG Homeland Security provides guidance, coordination, development and implementation of programs pertaining to First Responders, Homeland Security or Emergency Preparedness. Some of the many programs include the First Responder's Strategic Plan, Interoperability, Threat and Risk Assessment, GIS assistance, and Mutual Aid. These programs are dedicated to supporting the Alamo region's first responders through maximum disaster preparedness and answering citizens' calls for emergency services.

Homeland Security Grant Information 

Grant application window is now closed. Please contact the Homeland Security staff to inquire about next year's process.

Office of the Governor SHSP Documents

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) – This program provides funding for local and statewide agencies to address high-priority preparedness gaps across all core capabilities where a nexus to terrorism exists. Local projects are funded after consideration of priorities established through a regional review process. Projects must address capability targets and gaps identified during the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process, and assessed in the Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR). 

FY2023 SHSP Documents

For more information about the AACOG SHSP process, please reach out to the Homeland Security staff.

Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee

The Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (REPAC) serves as the planning commission for any regional projects pertaining to emergency management, law enforcement, public safety, and homeland security in the Alamo Region.

Contact

Justin Monarez
Homeland Security/Criminal Justice Planning Coordinator
Email

Matthew Reyes
Homeland Security Planner
Email

Mutual Aid

Regional Mutual Aid

The Alamo Area Council of Governments administers the Regional Mutual Aid Agreement (RMA), which allows signatories to request aid from others in the form of law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and public works resources. Currently, 57 member governments and emergency service districts participate in this program. For details about the RMA, please contact Matthew Reyes (mreyes@aacog.com).

911 Program

Regional 9-1-1

The 9-1-1 program works with regional 9-1-1 Addressing Coordinators, local and wireless telephone.

Service Area & Statistics

AACOG administers the 9-1-1 program for Atascosa, Bandera, Frio, Gillespie, Karnes, Kendall, McMullen, and Wilson counties based on guidelines from the Commission on State Emergency Communications.

Mission

The mission of the AACOG 9-1-1 program is to work with regional and county 9-1-1 Addressing Coordinators, local and wireless telephone companies, telecommunications service providers. This collaborative effort ensure every 9-1-1 call is routed to the correct Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), and that each call is managed correctly and successfully.

Goal

AACOG's 9-1-1 goal is to equip our PSAP's with the most up-to-date equipment and software in each of the seven counties. This process will ensure that all 9-1-1 calls are routed, answered, and located on the region's geographic information system (GIS) maps for proper handling of the emergency at hand.

Projects

Current projects include:

  • Distributing training and public education materials
  • Implementing an integrated network system
  • Locating calls automatically through GIS and mapping
  • Managing rural addressing and 9-1-1 databases
  • Monitoring PSAP and databases
  • Upgrading PSAP equipment


9-1-1 Emergency Call Centers

The 9-1-1 emergency call centers are equipped and administered by AACOG for seven counties in the region - Atascosa, Bandera, Frio, Gillespie, Karnes, Kendall, and Wilson counties

Contact Us

Marcela Medina
Public Safety Manager and Financial Analyst
mmedina@aacog.com
Phone: (210) 362-5250

Public Safety
mmedina@aacog.com

Physical Address
12625 Wetmore
Suite 436
San Antonio, TX 78247
Directions

Mailing Address
2700 NE Loop 410
Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78217
Phone: (210) 362-5291 Fax: (210) 824-5881
Emergency: (210) 362-5290

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Alamo Area Law Enforcement Academy

The Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy offers basic peace officer, basic correction officer, and basic telecommunications certifications for individuals seeking licensure through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

In-Service Training

In-Service Training

The academy provides continuing education for licensed law enforcement professionals. Peace officers, corrections officers, and telecommunicators are able to advance their proficiency certifications through the intermediate, advanced, and master level courses available through the academy. 

Enrollment

Students may enroll online or in person. The online enrollment form serves as confirmation. Only in the event of class being full or postponed the academy will send notification via email.  

On-line Enrollment

Find the course you want to take on the calendar. Click on "More Details," and click on "On-line Enrollment." Complete the online registration form.

In-Person Enrollment

Enrollment can be done in person by completing the registration form and bringing it to:

12625 Wetmore Rd., Ste 436
San Antonio, TX 78247 

*Payment for the course will need to be collected when registering in person*

In-Service Training | Alamo Area Council of Governments - Law Enforcement Academy Training Portal

Would your Agency like to register one person or multiple people on line for an in-service course?

Make sure you download and complete the agency request form to register multiple people and email to academy@aacog.com, to set you up.

Agency Request Form

Payment 

The Academy does accept credit cards and debit cards. A credit/debit card fee (2%-3% of course cost) is added to credit card and debit payments. Training can also be paid by check, money order, or AACOG can invoice an officer’s agency. Payments must be pre-paid. The attendee will be asked to fill out, legibly and completely,  an in-house registration form.  Certificate of Attendance and Completion of class will be generated with this form and TCOLE credits will be reported to attendees PID number.    

Cancellations

Students needing to withdraw from a course should contact academy staff at (210) 362-5291 or academy@aacog.com no later than 72 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the class. Failure to do so may result in a 25% cancellation fee. Repeated violations of the 72 hour cancellation policy may result in restricted ability to register for future courses.  No refunds will be issued if cancellation is not made prior to the start of the class.

Courses

Firearms, tactical driving, defensive tactics, and telecommunications courses are open only to law enforcement officers. Students enrolling in these courses are required to provide a copy of their law enforcement credentials at time of registration.

Criminal Investigator Certification Program (Effective 01/01/2020)

The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) Regional Law Enforcement Academy Criminal Investigator Certification Program (CICP) is a comprehensive self-paced program consisting of training in some of the expected skill sets of knowledgeable criminal investigators.

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Non-Law Enforcement Applicants

Individuals who are not licensed law enforcement professionals may be eligible to attend some academy courses. To inquire whether non-law enforcement support staff is qualified to attend a course, call (210) 362-5258.

Basic Peace Officer Course

Please note that you MUST be the age of 21 by the date of graduation in order to be accepted into the Basic Peace Officer Course.

Peace Officer training information can be found here.

Basic Corrections Officer Course

The admission standards for BCOC for the Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy are as follows:

  1. Meet all minimum standards for Licensing as outlined in Section 217.1 (Jailer) of the Texas Administrative Code Title 37, Part 7.
  2. Achieve a passing overall score of 80% or greater on the approved Academy entrance exam.
  3. Demonstrate no history or indication of a pattern of behavior that is unethical, violent, or criminal in nature.
  4. Pass a background check in accordance to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
  5. Pass a physical examination and a drug screen (Completion of the L-2 Form from TCOLE)
  6. Pass a psychological evaluation (Completion of the L-3 Form from TCOLE).

Note: Applicants who currently are employed by a police agency, must provide a letter on agency letterhead from an authorized official indicating the applicant works for the agency and has met all the state minimum standards to be licensed, a copy of the TCOLE L-2 and L-3 form must be included.

Basic Telecommunications Licensing Course

Requirements:

Effective January 1, 2014, this training is now a licensing course required of all new telecommunication specialists.  The course must be completed within one year of hire by an agency.  Participants must meet state minimum standards set forth by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), pass the course, and pass the TCOLE state exam in order to become licensed.

The class is open to individuals who are already working for a law enforcement agency and are seeking to obtain their licensing requirements mandated by TCOLE. 

It is required to complete the TCIC/TLETS Full Access course (4802) and the NIMS classes before this class.  TCIC/TLETS Full Access Course will be held the week prior to the Basic Telecommunications Class (1080).  Check our law enforcement training portal for class dates www.aarlea.com

NIMS 100 and 200 classes can be completed through FEMA on-line at:

http://www.training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.aspx

**Before registering for the Basic Telecommunications Course, all applicants must first take the AACOG Entrance (TABE) Exam.  Please call 210-362-5291 to schedule the TABE Entrance Exam**

The test is a Basic Reading Comprehension test.  A Practice Test can be found at:

http://www.testpreview.com/modules/reading1.htm     

There is no charge for the test.  For questions about this class or other Telecommunications classes in the future, contact academy@aacog.com Please ensure that you have met all TCOLE prerequisites prior to registering to take a state licensing exam.

Registering to take a licensing exam on our website does not confirm that an individual has met the state requirements or prerequisites to take the exam.  Employers and applicants must ensure that they meet state requirements to include medical, criminal history checks, psychological, endorsement letters, and any other training or requirements mandated by TCOLE prior to taking a state licensing exam.  TCOLE may be reached at 512-936-7700.

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