|RIO GRANDE COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS|
|Serving Brewster, Culberson, Doña Ana, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis and Presidio Counties|
Regional Services is responsible for four primary tasks on behalf of the Criminal Justice Division from the Office of the Governor. These responsibilities include:
· Regional Criminal Justice Advisory Committee
· Oversight of Grant Programs
· Regional Training Academy
In 1996, the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, then George Bush, initiated the concept of “Community Planning” as a criterion for applying for grant program funds. The concept was developed to ensure that community needs were assessed, priorities established and action plans devised for the community’s future. The policy was meant to provide greater assurance to the Governor’s Office that funding decisions recommended were consistent with locally generated priorities and plans.
In the Rio Grande Council of Governments (RGCOG) region, it was determined by its government members that two separate community plans should be developed; one for the Urban community and one for the Rural community. These two plans are updated annually. Each Community Plan details not only Criminal Justice issues, but also Emergency Preparedness, Economic Development, Substance Abuse and Environmental needs. Regional Services staff prepares the plan with input and guidance from members of the Planning Alliance, who are composed of current grantees and future applicants.
Regional Criminal Justice Advisory Committee
Regional Services provides staff support to the Regional Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (RCJAC). The Committee is created under the authority of the Bylaws of the Rio Grande Council of Governments (RGCOG) and in compliance with the Governor’s Office of General Counsel and Criminal Justice Guidelines. RCJAC reviews and sets priorities for all criminal justice funding requests within the six-county region to the RGCOG Board of Directors. As required by the Criminal Justice Division, the RCJAC is operated by Policies and Procedures, which is updated annually. Through these Policies & Procedures, additional procedures are developed for the Planning Alliance each plan year. These procedures define the rules and regulations that govern a plan year 2012 application process. It is pertinent that current grantees and future applicants review these RJAC Policies & Procedures for the Planning Alliance, prior to applying for criminal justice grants.
Oversight of Grant Programs
According to the Criminal Justice Division, their grant programs share two overarching values: 1) encourage innovative solutions and 2) provide for local control. Adhering to these values allows CJD to respond to the specific needs of Texas' communities. Regional Services staff provides technical assistance to current grantees and future applicants on CJD grant programs as a means of meeting these values. There are four grant programs, which are administered by CJD. These programs include:
· General Victim Assistance-Direct Services
· Violent Crimes Against Women Criminal Justice and Training Projects
· Juvenile Services
· Criminal Justices Program
Click below to see deadlines for these applications.
Contact Marisa Quintanilla, Regional Services Director for more information.
firstname.lastname@example.org, 915-533-0998, ext. 119
Regional Training Academy
Regional Services administers a regional training program for law enforcement personnel within the six-county region, through a contract with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department’s Region VIII Training Academy.
Click here for more information on the Region VIII Training Academy.