Cindy Rafter, Criminal Justice Planner and Law Enforcement Training Coordinator

HOTCOG’s 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). The Planner then develops a Regional Strategic Plan from the six county plans. The current plans are available on this page.

Criminal Justice Grant Program

The following Criminal Justice Grants are scored by the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (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)

After the CJAC prioritizes the grant applications and the COG’s governing body approves the priority listings, the COG submits the written priority listings to CJD. Based upon the COG’s priority listing, CJD will verify the eligibility, reasonableness and cost effectiveness strategy of the proposed project, and the availability of funding, and will render final funding decisions on these grant applications. The COG will notify grantees of any changes in the funding recommendations.

CJAC SOP fy 2019

2013 Civil Rights presentation

County Community Plans are Adobe Documents, to get a Word version contact

Bosque County Community Plan 2018

Falls County Community Plan 2018

Freestone County Community Plan 2018

Hill County Community Plan 2018

Limestone County Community Plan 2018

McLennan County Community Plan 2018

CJ Regional Strategic Plan 2018

CJAC Bylaws Revised 03.28.13 PDF

FY 2019 JAG JJDP Ap Wkshp

FY 2019 VOCA VAWA Ap Wkshp

FY 2019 CJD  Applications

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
City of Hewitt/Cellebrite Project $10,780 87.1
City of Morgan/Vehicle Purchase $39,750 82.7
Hill Co/Probation Transport Vehicle $28,400 81.5 not funded
City of Bellmead/Forensic Equip $14,434 80.8
Bosque Co/Thermal-Night Vision $14,775 71.7
City of Clifton/Patrol Project $48,434 71.3 not funded
City of West/Patrol Vehicle $42,241 67.5 not funded
Falls County/Infrared Cameras $29,498 67.2 not funded

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP)
HOTCOG/Juvenile Justice Alternatives $54,316  97.0
Falls County/Diversion & Family Preservation $19,220  85.0

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
Advocacy Center/Trauma-focused Counselor $114,254  90.7
Falls Co/Victim Services $113,227  84.4

Violence Against Women (VAWA)
City of Bellmead/Domestic Violence Detective $38,391  87.5 funded
City of Waco/Family Violence Det. & Coord. $71,056  87.4 funded
Falls Co/Special Crimes Investigator $44,730  78.0 funded

Contact Cindy Rafter for technical assistance with the grant process: or 254.292.1891

Criminal Justice Planning Committee

Please click here to visit the Criminal Justice Planning Committee page.