Technical Assistance

Criminal Justice (CJ)


ETCOG's Criminal Justice Program has been designated by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division (CJD) as the responsible entity for criminal justice planning in our 14-county region. Under this program, ETCOG staff provides services that facilitate the effective planning, implementation and assessment of regional criminal justice initiatives.


Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC)

ETCOG builds the schedule for the Criminal Justice Program on an annual basis.  This schedule is built around grant submission deadlines established by CJD and dates when the ETCOG Executive Committee meets to consider the criminal justice grant prioritizations submitted by the CJAC. Being subject to these two factors, the schedule may be updated from time to time during the course of the year. Applicants are encouraged to contact ETCOG’s Criminal Justice Program staff to confirm important workshop, grant submission and CJAC meeting dates. All CJAC meetings are open to the public.

What is the role of the CJAC?

The CJAC is appointed by the ETCOG Executive Committee.  The CJAC is composed of members from the region who represent a cross-section of groups or disciplines representing:

  • Citizens or Parents;
  • Substance Abuse Prevention;
  • Education;
  • Juvenile Justice;
  • Law Enforcement;
  • Mental Health;
  • Nonprofit Organizations;
  • Prosecution or Courts; and
  • Victim Services. 
The CJAC provides guidance to ETCOG Criminal Justice staff on projects related to CJ in the region, they review and rank CJ grant proposals, and make funding recommendations to the ETCOG Executive Committee for formal approval. 


  Texas Association of Regional Councils -

  System for Award Management -

  One Star Foundation -

  Federal Grant Opportunity Database

  U.S. Department of Justice Grants -

  U.S. Office for Victims of Crime -

  Amber Alerts -


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