Criminal Justice Planning
The Criminal Justice Program grew out of the COG’s responsibility to conduct Criminal Justice Planning for the six-county region. Each year, the Criminal Justice Planner facilitates the development of Community Plans for all counties within the Heart of Texas Council of Governments’ region. The plans outline the needs and issues affecting law enforcement, juveniles, and victims in each county. Gaps in services, services currently provided, and services and resources the counties would like to establish in order to fill the gaps are identified in the plan. Participation in this critical aspect of the program is vital for those entities applying for funding through the Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division (CJD). Our Criminal Justice team then develops a Regional Strategic Plan from the data, trends, and gaps identified in the six-county Community Plans.
CJ Grant Toolkit
Criminal Justice Plans
Our Criminal Justice program works with Community Planners from each of our counties to develop Community Plans which are used to inform our regional strategic plans. You will find the most recent versions of these plans below.
|2022 Regional Strategic Plan|
|Hill County Community Plan||Bosque County Community Plan|
|Freestone County Community Plan||Limestone County Community Plan|
|McLennan County Community Plan||Falls County Community Plan|
If you have any questions about any of these plans, please contact Lana Gudgel at 254-292-1800.
Grant Workshop Schedule
Eligible Organizations interested in applying for Homeland Security or Criminal Justice Grant funds must attend a Grant Workshop. These workshops cover the basics of the following topics, eligibility, project writing, eligible activities, grant writing/application, ethics training, and more. We will be offering four sessions this grant cycle with additional opportunities given on an as-needed basis.
|Thursday, Jan 5, 2023||9:00 AM||HOTCOG||1514 S New Road, Waco, TX|
|Thursday, Jan 5, 2023||1:00 PM||HOTCOG||
1514 S New Road, Waco, TX
|Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023||9:00 AM||HOTCOG||1514 S New Road, Waco, TX|
|Thursday, Jan 19, 2023||1:00 PM||HOTCOG||1514 S New Road, Waco, TX|
Jurisdictions are only required to attend one workshop per cycle. Attendance Must be in-person.
If you have any issues or questions regarding the grant workshops please contact Lana Gudgel at 254-292-1891.
Grant Funding Opportunities
The following grant opportunities are available to eligible jurisdictions. Click the links below to download the Funding Announcement.
All grant applications must be submitted and certified in the eGrants system by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 9th, 2023
Criminal Justice Advisory Committee
Chaired by Brian Swick, the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee's (CJAC) primary responsibility is to score and prioritize grant applications for the grant programs administered through the Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor. The following Criminal Justice Grants are scored by the CJAC and supported by the Criminal Justice Planner:
- Victims of Crime Act Fund (VOCA)
- Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDP)
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
- Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
The following documents guide the CJAC in its mission to oversee grant funding uses for crimes committed and to promote accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness within the criminal justice system.
Criminal Justice Advisory Committee Members
Brain Swick - Chair - Limestone/Freestone County
Milton Albright - Falls County Commissioner
Cathy Beckwith - Public Member
Katie Cole - Hill County Crime Victim Coordinator
David Echols - Public Member
Scott Ferguson - Bosque County Constable Pct. 1
Yesica Rodriguez - Waco Police Department
Bill Madding - Freestone County
Tony Acosta - Public Member
Mark Norcross - Waco Police Department
Tuck Saunders - Hewitt Police Department
Glenn Shoemaker - Limestone County
Dick VanDyke - Public Member
Jay Sparkman - Bosque County Constable Pct. 2
Ryan Howard - DPS
Niat Wuebker - Falls County Commissioner
Previous Grant Awards
The following grants were awarded by the Office of the Governor (OOG) to agencies serving the Heart of Texas region in the FY 22 grant cycle.
|Name||Project Title||Grant Source||Amount|
|Heart of Texas Council of Governments||Juvenile Justice Alternatives||SF421||$29,601.78|
|Advocacy Center||Victim Services||VC||$395,721.00|
|Bellmead Police Department||Domestic Violence Detective||WF||$27,769.50|
|Family Abuse Center||Victim Services||VC||$365,676.00|
|Hill County||Truancy Prevention and Intervention||TP||$57,052.34|
|Waco Police Department||Family Violence Unit Detective||WF||$56,134.24|
|McLennan County||Commercial Sexual Exploitation Prevention||SF||$255,861.66|
|Falls County||Youth Intervention Services||TP||$34,980.00|
|Falls County||Youth Victim Services||VC||$29,2060.00|
|Falls County||Victim Services||VC||$95,722.30|
|Falls County||Special Crimes Investigator||WF||$31,510.80|
|Wortham Police Department||Law Enforcement Vehicle||DJ||$37,050.00|
|Clifton, City of||Public Safety Project||DJ||$66,765.00|
|Grant Source Code Guide|
|DJ||Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG)|
|SF||State Criminal Justice Planning (421) Fund|
|TP||Truancy Prevention Grant Program|
|VA||Victims of Crime Act Formula Grant Program (VOCA)|
|WF||Violence Against Women Formula Grants (VAWA)|
The following resources are designed to assist jurisdictions and agencies in applying for Criminal Justice funds. Provided resources include assets to inform jurisdictions and agencies of the process utilized to apply for, prioritize, and allocate grant funding.
- Texas Office of the Governor (OOG) eGrants Website
- eGrants User Guide to Creating an Application
- USPS Zip + 4 Look – Up Tool
- Blank W – 9 Form
- Blank Direct Deposit Form
- Blank Texas Payee ID Form
- Dun & Bradstreet (D-U-N-S) Number Page
- System for Award Management (SAM) Website
- Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts – Procurement and Statewide Support Services