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Contact DETCOG Public



Phone: 936-634-2247 ext.5316




The Public Safety Program's goal is to be a real-time resource, providing 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

DETCOG’s Homeland Security & Criminal Justice Programs were combined in 2019 to the Public Safety Programs, to streamline the program and more efficiently serve the region. 

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 against threats of terrorism, but also includes preparedness for any disaster 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. Public Safety Programs identifies the greatest needs and finds solutions, which make our communities a safer place to live.

DETCOG Criminal Justice & Homeland Security / Emergency Preparedness

The Public Safety Program along with the CJAC (Criminal Justice Advisory Committee) 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 ongoing, up-to-date, necessary, required and specialized training not always easily-obtained in this region, free of charge to our Law Enforcement Agencies. 

The Public Safety Program also manages a grant for Regional Juvenile Alternatives 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 as an alternative to incarceration.   

​The Public Safety Program provides assistance jurisdictions in formulating a regional strategy necessary to attain funding to address any disaster. With the assistance of the HSAC (Homeland Security Advisory Committee) the 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.



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

  • To be a resource during times of disaster or emergency for the region and to assist in response & recovery to our First Responders & Emergency Management Personnel. 

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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                    LE Training Specialist

Mike Claude                                         Candy Hartman                                                            Jennifer Payne

936-634-2247 Ext. 5316  Office          936-634-2247 Ext. 5336 Office                                   409-381-5266 Ext. 8911

936-238-5027  Cell                              936-238-6092 Cell                                                       936-225-1177 Cell                                                      




Attention DETCOG CJAC Members & Regional Stakeholders,

Again, we have begun the process of Strategic Planning for the DETCOG Region. This plan will be from 2022-2025 and will include Funding Lines in VOCA (Victims of Crime Act), VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), Juvenile Justice, Truancy and Criminal Justice. The information will be gathered and provided to the CJAC (Criminal Justice Advisory Committee) which represents the entire (11) County Region, and its members represent these various Funding Areas. The current CJAC Members are also listed at the bottom of this webpage, under "Criminal Justice Resources".

We are asking that you please take 3-5 minutes to fill out this Community Survey at the link provided below. We also ask that you forward the link to others within the DETCOG Region in your organizations and agencies. This link will remain open and active until October 7, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

Thanks everyone in advance for your assistance as we continue to try and better serve the DETCOG Region. 

Public Awareness & Advisories


The Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) at DHS CISA has recently released new Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) videos on their YouTube channel. One of the videos is posted below:

Vigilant Neighbor Video

Please remember to be alert and report suspicious activity to local Law Enforcement, even after the fact. Hindsight is always 20/20.