Public Safety

The Public Safety Program's goal is to provide assistance and support to governmental entities and First Responders in formulating a regional strategy necessary to access funding to address any disaster whether weather related or man-made.

DETCOG Public Safety Programs


Homeland Security & Criminal Justice


As an ongoing part of securing our nation from threats of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, The State of Texas has developed plans and strategies to enhance Homeland Security statewide threats of terrorism, but also includes preparedness for other disasters whether man-made or naturally occurring. First Responders are always the first on the scene to assist victims of any disaster. Protecting and preparing these First Responders, then, is a top priority. The Criminal Justice Programs assists local governments and non-profit organizations with grant writing technical assistance for projects which make our communities a safer place to live.


DETCOG Criminal Justice Program


The Criminal Justice Programs are funded through the Governor's Public Safety Office (Criminal Justice Division). Grant programs opportunities include Direct Services to Victims, the Violence Against Women Act, the Justice Assistance Grant program and Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention. 


The Public Safety Program assists community leaders in developing local and regional plans that identify strengths and gaps in services and funding. Assess the needs of the region as related to juvenile justice, law enforcement, victim services, courts and prosecution, as well as prioritizing the identified needs. 

The Public Safety Program manages a grant which provides reimbursement to local law enforcement agencies throughout the DETCOG Region, to attend specialized training not always provided in this region. 


The Public Safety Program also manages the Regional Juvenile Alternatives grant which provides reimbursement to local juvenile probation departments for essential services that include psychological evaluations, counseling services, life skills classes and drug and alcohol awareness for at risk juvenile offenders.  





The Homeland Security / Emergency Preparedness provides assistance jurisdictions in formulating a regional strategy necessary to attain funding to address any disaster. The major focus of this program is to assist city and county governments in identifying the strengths / gaps and developing basic emergency plans and / or upgrading existing emergency plans to better respond to emergency situations and protect citizens. 






  • Provide jurisdictions in the DETCOG region with technical assistance necessary to meet their Emergency Preparedness & Criminal Justice needs.

  • Establish effective, mutually beneficial communication among the communities in the DETCOG Region.

  • Identify equipment, training and exercise needed throughout the region.

  • Identify areas of strength, weaknesses and possible threats to the region when dealing with disasters and terrorism and to assist jurisdictions in the development of Emergency Management Plans.

  • Ensure that all entities are advised of future funding opportunities and are prepared to apply for funding that will assist them in the coordinated plan of response to any disaster or terrorist event.

  • Provide support for Criminal Justice Entities & Non-Profit Organizations who work with Crime Victims or the intervention/rehabilitation of Juvenile Offenders.



Program Director                                                     Strategic Planner, LET Grant Manager

Mike Claude                                                               Candy Hartman

936-634-2247 Ext. 5316  Office                                936-634-2247 Ext. 5336 Office

936-238-5027  Cell                                                    936-238-6092 Cell                                      



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