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Criminal Justice Program wants input on 2021 priorities

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The CAPCOG Criminal Justice Program is seeking input from community stakeholders around the ten-county region as it begins the planning process for the Office of the Governor’s (OOG) Plan Year 2021 funding cycle. The gathered input will assist in drafting the 2021 Criminal Justice Strategic Plan and determining the region’s funding priorities, which provide direction to the CAPCOG Criminal Justice Advisory Committee for scoring applications for the OOG’s General Victim Assistance Direct Service, Violence Against Women Justice and Training, Juvenile Justice, and Criminal Justice grant programs.

To receive input, CAPCOG will hold four stakeholder meetings; they will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10, and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Each meeting will be one- and half-hours and feature a brief presentation about the upcoming plan year before moving into a group discussion about the criminal justice priorities for the region. CAPCOG will limit each meeting to 25 people to better facilitate collaborative input from multiple organizations. Interested stakeholders can register for a meeting at capcog.org/training/by-topic/planning-and-economic-development; but CAPCOG requests stakeholders only attend one meeting to maximize the amount and diversity of stakeholder groups.

> Register to attend a stakeholder meeting.

CAPCOG also encourages all criminal justice stakeholders in the region, regardless if they plan on attending a meeting, to complete its online, criminal justice needs survey at surveymonkey.com/r/PGNFCHB. The survey will be available until Sunday, Sept. 22. Traditionally, grant applicants that participate in the stakeholder input process earn additional points toward their applications. Last year, two points were awarded for survey responses and three points were given for attending a meeting.

> Take the survey.

Nominations open for CAPCOG Executive Committee board

Thursday, September 12, 2019

CAPCOG will begin accepting nominations on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 from eligible city and county elected officials who would like to serve on CAPCOG’s Executive Committee, the board that has oversight for the agency’s operations.

To be eligible, an interested city or county official must first be designated to CAPCOG’s General Assembly by his or her city council or commissioners court. The nomination for the Executive Committee is not a designation by the governing body; however, this is made by the city or county official who wishes to serve. The General Assembly elects the Executive Committee for the upcoming calendar year at its annual meeting in December; this year’s meeting will be Dec. 11.

> Get the nomination form.
> Contact Mason W. Canales for more information.

RLEA keeps officers informed with State and Federal Updates

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy is offering its first new State and Federal Law Updates courses for the new biennium throughout September to give officers a jump on learning how regulatory changes from 86th Texas Legislative session will affect their job. 

“We want peace officers from all the jurisdictions to be up to speed on the current laws as early as possible,” said Mike Jennings, CAPCOG RLEA director. “Doing so allows agencies to work better with county and district attorneys on the prosecution of cases, and it keeps patrol officers knowing what is going on and why.”

The three-hour class is updated every biennium to educate officers about changes to the Texas Penal Code, Health and Safety Code, Transportation Code, other regulations, and court decisions. New state regulations generally take effect in September or January. While the course is not required to be completed until the end of the training cycle, taking the course early better equips officers for enforcing the regulations properly. Some highlighted changes covered in the course include topics such as extended registration periods on certain trailers, the raising of the legal smoking age, laws regarding electric bicycles, and the operation of stash houses with regards to human trafficking.

Peace officers can register to attend courses currently scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 30 and on Oct. 8. RLEA will offer a morning course from 8 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 12.

> Register for a course.

CAPCOG will schedule additional courses throughout the year and agencies wanting to train a number of officers at their offices can contact Jennings.

Age Well Live Well events showcase older east Austin residents’ stories

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

The Age Well Live Well East Austin collaborative invites the public to celebrate East Austin’s unique history, as told by older residents, by attending one of three East Austin Story Map presentation and resource fairs this September. The resource fairs will host local organizations that provide older adults with information, resources, and services that affect their accessibility, safety, health, and wellness.

“Residents of all ages are welcome to attend these showcases which highlight lives well-lived,” said Patty Bordie, Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP) director. “We believe everyone can benefit from the experiences of long-time East Austin residents. No person or organization can undo decades of cultural erasure, yet together we can amplify the voices of the East Austin community. Come listen to those East Austin voices, reflect on how the community has changed, and learn tips on living and aging well.”

The East Austin Story Map presentation is a digital oral history that aims to preserve the culture and legacy of East Austin. Since the health and happiness of a community depends upon social connections and a sense of belonging, the events aim to further connect residents to local services that can help them remain in their home and stayed engaged in their community. 

Times and locations for the series include: 

  • 10 to 11:45 a.m., Sept. 5, 2019 at the Alamo Recreation Center, 2100 Alamo Street, Austin
  • 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 16, 2019 at the South Austin Senior Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca Road, Austin
  • 9 to 11 a.m., Sept. 24, 2019 at the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 808 Nile Street, Austin

About Age Well Live Well

The Age Well Live Well East Austin collaborative implements Texas Health and Human Services’ Age Well Live Well campaign which highlights the importance of aging well and promotes the importance of aging well to enhance community engagement and individual resiliency. The campaign outlines the steps communities can take to build a healthier tomorrow. The Capital Area Council of Governments, working as AAACAP, collected information and helped produce the East Austin Story Map Project with Texas Health and Human Services. AAACAP will also assist in running the fairs throughout September.

One initiative of the Age Well Live Well campaign is establishing and supporting community-based collaboratives throughout the state, such as Age Well Live Well East Austin, to help empower older adults to stay healthy, connected, and informed.

> Access more resources on aging and living well.

CAPCOG equips communities with 9-1-1 educational materials

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

National Night Out, an annual campaign for making neighborhoods safer through community and police partnerships, traditionally occurs the first Tuesday in October for Texas cities. To help residents understand the role of emergency telecommunicators in that partnership, CAPCOG is supplying local jurisdictions with educational materials about calling 9-1-1 for the local community events.

“It’s important for residents to know what information is most valuable to emergency telecommunicators so they can help save significant time in dispatching the proper response to a correct location,” said Gregg Obuch, CAPCOG Emergency Communications director. CAPCOG distributes 9-1-1 educational materials all year to local public safety answering points, or 9-1-1 call centers, and law enforcement agencies, but National Night Out provides a great opportunity to reach more residents as public safety officials visit neighborhood block parties and community-wide events.

> Contact Lisa Ybarra, CAPCOG 9-1-1 operations coordinator, about getting public education materials.
> Learn more about the Emergency Communications Division.

CAPCOG holds threat identification, evacuation workshops

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The CAPCOG Homeland Security Division will host three courses in September to train peace officers, emergency managers and other local government officials about identifying potential acts of terrorism and preparing to evacuate communities during large scale natural and man-made disasters. All courses will be held at CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310 Suite 165, in Austin.

“Joint training classes for CAPCOG area jurisdictions provide best practice educational opportunities that also promote increased collaboration between public safety agencies,” said Martin Ritchey, CAPCOG Homeland Security director.

The first two courses train Threat Liaison Officers to work with the Austin Regional Intelligence Center, a multi-jurisdictional policing partnership that exchanges information and intelligence to maximize resources, streamline operations, and improve the ability to fight crime and terrorism across the 10-county, CAPCOG region. Each course will educate its participants on their key roles for effectively identifying and sharing information that could deter terrorism and multi-jurisdictional crimes. A Tuesday, Sept. 3 course is for those who play active role in public safety but are not peace officers, while a Thursday, Sept. 5 course is for peace officers.

On Monday, Sept. 9, CAPCOG will hold an Evacuation Planning Strategies and Solutions course. Emergency managers, first responders, transportation professionals, and other public safety officials will learn best practices for planning and executing an emergency evacuation. The course also discusses appropriate protective actions against possible hazardous conditions during an emergency evacuation and explores data, modelling tools, and simulations that can assist with implementing an evacuation.

> Learn how to register for the courses.
> Read about the Homeland Security Division.

State legislators address CAPCOG General Assembly in Sept.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

State legislators who serve on the CAPCOG Executive Committee will participate in a panel discussion about the 86th Texas Legislative Session during CAPCOG’s Sept. 11, 2019 General Assembly Meeting to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Airport, 7610 John Glenn Way.

Also during the meeting, CAPCOG General Assembly Representatives will adopt the 2019-20 fiscal year budget and elect its Nominating Committee, whose role it is to develop a slate of city and county elected officials to serve as the 2020 CAPCOG Executive Committee. A meeting agenda will be distributed in late August, but General Assembly Representatives are encouraged to RSVP.

> RSVP for the General Assembly meeting.
> Contact Mason W. Canales, CAPCOG Member Services Coordinator, for a complimentary lunch discount code or with questions about the meeting.

National Preparedness Month highlights importance of readiness, alerts

Thursday, August 15, 2019

In support of National Preparedness Month, CAPCOG developed a regional WarnCentralTexas.org campaign to encourage residents to register for emergency alerts and prepare themselves for any emergency including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. It also is encouraging local governments to participate in recognizing the month.

“Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every resident, and we want to encourage them to make it a priority because investing in the preparedness of ourselves, our families, businesses, and communities can reduce fatalities and economic devastation throughout our nation,” said Martin Ritchey, the CAPCOG Homeland Security Division director. “One of the easiest preparedness steps residents can take is signing up for local alerts at WarnCentralTexas.org.”

WarnCentralTexas.org allows local emergency service’s personnel to contact residents who are in areas affected by emergencies. While CAPCOG registers all landline and VoIP phones for the service, cellphones and email addresses must be voluntarily registered to receive messages via text, voice call or email. As part of this September’s campaign, CAPCOG has distributed thousands of promotional items for display in high traffic municipal and county offices. It also developed several digital items.

The CAPCOG executive committee recognized September as National Preparedness Month during its Aug. 14 meeting.

> View a draft version of its resolution.
> Find WarnCentralTexas.org promotional ideas and materials.

Striking a Balance teaches family caregivers about life balance

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The upcoming 18th annual Striking a Balance Conference will convene local resources as well as local and national speakers that focus on successful coordination of family caregivers’ work, life, and caregiving responsibilities. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Doubletree by Hilton Austin, 6505 North I-35.

“Caring for a family member or loved one is a huge responsibility and can feel overwhelming at times, but Striking a Balance is the place for caregivers to know they are not alone,” said Patty Bordie, CAPCOG Aging Services director who manages the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area which partners with AGE of Central Texas to host the event. “There are many organizations here to help and advise them through caregiving, and the biggest resource Striking a Balance offers caregivers is each other and their shared stories.”

Leading the conference will be keynote speaker Eboni Green, who holds a Ph. D. in human services and serves as the president and CEO of the Caregiver Support Services, a nonprofit that supports family and professional caregivers through direct training and consulting. Green will discuss grief and family dynamics related to caregiving. Green has extensive experience in dealing with caregiver’s health and wellness with an emphasis on caregiver stress, burnout and related family conflicts.

Caregivers will have the chance to attend several breakout sessions on topics such as combatting fraud and scams, home and medication safety tips, and taking a positive approach to caring for those with dementia. Breakouts sessions will take place before and after the keynote speech. Resource booths provided by local aging service organizations will be setup throughout the conference.

> Register to attend Striking a Balance.
> Find out more about the conference.

AGE’s Austin Adult Day Health Center is offering free off-site respite care for older adults by reservation. The center is at 3710 Cedar Street in Austin. To request respite, call AGE of Central Texas at 512-600-9275.

Air Quality program offers workshop on alternatives to gas powered vehicles for short trips

Thursday, August 08, 2019

The CAPCOG Air Quality Program will conduct a workshop for local government and transportation practitioners as well as policy makers to learn best practices and trends for using neighborhood electric vehicles to help reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion while increasing safety and access. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, at CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165 in Austin.

By covering the topic of developing low-emission alternative networks lanes for low-speed and low- to no-emission vehicles, the workshop will focus on expanding mobility and meeting transportation goals. Facilitators for the workshop will led an interactive dialogue on how such transportation modes can improve safety, public health, equity and economic resilience. They also will discuss how other communities have implemented these transportation programs and possible funding opportunities for installing infrastructure.

> Register for the workshop.
> Learn more about the Air Quality Program.

CAPCOG is offering people the ability to participate in this workshop virtually; however, you must register to recieve the information to join the workshop online.

Environmental law course lets governments clean up crime

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Regional Environmental Task Force (RETF) and CAPCOG will lead two courses on how local governments can better prosecute environmental crimes and cleanup dumpsites and hazardous materials that threaten their resident’s health and safety. A basic and an intermediate environmental law course will be held at McKinney Roughs Nature Park, 1884 State Highway 71 in Cedar Creek, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 and 21, respectively.

The courses teach peace officers, code enforcement officers, sanitarians, and others best-practices for investigating environmental crimes, bringing individuals to trial, and abating dumpsites. RETF instructors discuss laws relating to unauthorized discharges in streams and lakes, solid waste regulations, nuisance violations, and outdoor burning as well as environmental crime trends. The intermediate course also focuses on hazardous waste violations and how personnel can identify hazardous chemicals. The RETF has more than 20 years of experience in combating environmental crimes and has partnered with CAPCOG since 2007 to train more than 600 people statewide.

> Register for the courses.

Peace officers, code enforcement officers, and sanitarians earn six-hours of continuing education for completing each course. The basic course also grants four-hours of continuing education to on-site sewage facility workers.

> Learn more about the RETF.

Aging Services director addresses older adult resiliency at state conference

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The CAPCOG Aging Services Director, Patty Bordie, emphasized the importance of fostering individual resiliency in older adults in her presentation at the state-wide Aging in Texas Conference in June. She discussed the perception of health, people’s ability to cope with stresses, the roles of social interaction and fitness on health, assessing individual resiliency, and how aging service providers can strengthen an individual’s resiliency.

“Older adult resiliency impacts physical health, especially when it comes to social supports,” Bordie said. “Those who self-report high levels of social supports are more likely to engage in preventative healthcare and stay more resilient, while those with less social support experience more anxiety, depression and a higher use of crisis healthcare interventions.”

As people age, barriers for maintaining one’s physical and social supports increase, but organizations such as Area Agencies on Aging exist to remove those barriers by providing supports such as transportation, congregate meals, health and wellness training, and more. The goals of such programs are to provide larger social engagement paired with physical independence, which reduce depression and isolation risk factors. For instance, congregate meals and health and wellness programs bring peers together to interact in a shared-experience environment while maintaining a level of physical and independent mobility. These spaces also allow older adults to provide peer support and share their pervious personal experiences, which contribute to resiliency.

“It is important to recognizing the ways Area Agencies on Aging already support individual resilience,” Bordie said. “But there are still opportunities for more social support, and people should recognize the value of giving this through volunteering.”

> Learn about the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP).
> Find a AAACAP service.

RPS updates CARTS Maps, adds them to myCommuteSolutions

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

CAPCOG’s Regional Planning and Service Division partnered with the Capital Area Rural Transit System (CARTS) to update the transportation system’s interurban coach maps making them more accessible to daily commuters including myCommuteSolutions.com users. By being more inclusive of all the region’s transportation, myCommuteSolutions.com becomes a more powerful tool for those attempting to sustainably travel through the metropolitan area. 

CARTS’ interurban coach routes run between Austin, Bastrop, Burnet, Georgetown, Round Rock, Liberty Hill, Smithville, La Grange, and others cities to provide a connection between those communities and the Capital Metro and Grey Hound bus systems. The partnership generated a more data friendly map of each route’s stops, which can be used to provide more accurate information to CARTS riders and easily be integrated into other websites. CAPCOG has already inputted the map’s data into myCommuteSolutions.com allowing for metropolitan commuters, who use the web-based tool and its mobile applications, to better plan and track their commute across multiple sustainable modes of transportation and through multiple cities.

> Find out more about CARTS.
> Check out myCommuteSolutions.
> Read about the CAPCOG GIS Program.

RLEA adds in-service courses to finish TCOLE training period

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy (RLEA) is offering more than 20 in-service courses in Austin and around the region to ensure peace officers receive their mandatory 40-hours of continuing education and other required training before the end of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, two-year training period on August 31.

“We want to make sure that all area officers are meeting TCOLE’s standards and requirements before the period ends, so they stay in compliance with the licensing requirements,” said Mike Jennings, CAPCOG RLEA director. CAPCOG is offering 13 training courses in July and eight in August. The courses include Eye Witness and Evidence Identification, which is required for those with an investigator certificate; Canine Encounters; Basic Civil Process; and a range of others mandated for every officer to keep their license such as the 40-hour Crisis Intervention Training. 

CAPCOG will instruct the 2-hour Civilian Interaction Training four times in July as all officers are required to complete it before Jan. 1, 2020. Two of the courses are scheduled to be held at CAPCOG on July 9, while two others will take place in Blanco County later in the month.

Officers are also required to complete the State and Federal updates before the period ends, but currently none are scheduled. If a police department, sheriff’s offices or other policing agency would like to schedule the course or any others before September, they should contact Jennings.

Besides peace officers, emergency telecommunicators will need to complete 20-hours of continuing education and deputy constables need to take Basic Civil Process by Aug. 31. Correctional officers and jailers will also need to complete the Mental Health Officers course by August 2021 if they didn’t receive it during training.

> Find and register to attend RLEA courses.
> Read more about RLEA.

Flood resiliency workshop to be foundation for regional plan

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) and CAPCOG will conduct a Capital Area Regional Flood Management Planning Workshop that lays the foundation for developing a regional plan on the topic by bringing together local jurisdictions and state and federal agencies. The workshop will be an all-day event on Tuesday, July 16, at CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road, building 310 in Austin.

“Floods are often regional in nature, and what happens upstream has an impact downstream; subsequently, mitigation measures to minimize flooding severity should be evaluated both locally and regionally to maximize the effectiveness of saving lives and reducing property loss,” said Craig Eissler, CAPCOG GIS Program Manager, whose been coordinating the workshop with the EPA.

Workshop attendees will collaborate on sharing resources for community and regional flood resiliency by gathering information about each jurisdictions’ roles and responsibilities to identify interagency linkages needed to support a baseline for a Regional Flood Management Plan. They also will identify information gaps and determine what water- and flood-related projects and activities are underway that support drafting the plan.

Representatives from FEMA and NOAA also will present on flood management data, resources and tools available to Texas counties and cities. Besides local government officials, CAPCOG and the EPA have invited representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, US Geological Survey; Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas General Land Office, Texas Water Development Board, Texas Commission for Environmental Quality, Texas A&M Agri-life Extension Office, and others to attend the workshop

> Find out more about the GIS Program.
> Learn about water in Central Texas.

MyCommuteSolutions.com relaunches, improves experience

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The CAPCOG Regional Planning and Services Division upgraded the Commute Solutions program by updating the commute planning and tracking tool and website, myCommuteSolutions.com. The update makes it easier for residents to determine sustainable traveling options in an effort to lower the usage of single-occupancy vehicles leading to lower roadway congestion and improved air quality.

Changes to the website modernized its appearance while making it for easier for residents to plan and track their commutes. It now allows non-registered users to map an upcoming trip to see possible routes, including carpool, transit, biking, and walking options, while estimating the trip’s travel time, pollution contribution and cost. The tool is also available as an app for Android and Apple devices.

Registered users, can still find carpool partners and track the benefits of their more sustainable commutes over time. Other new features from the upgrade include:

  • New Program/Incentives for users
  • Community Events listings
  • Integrations with Waze, Waze Carpool, and Strava
  • Passive tracking through the mobile app

myCommuteSolutions.com users should have received an email asking them to transfer their previous account to the new platform. If they did not previously create an account, now is a great time to sign up.

> Check out myCommuteSolutions.com or download the apps for iOS and Android.
> Learn more about the Commute Solutions Program.

New RLEA Director takes local, regional approach to training

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Mike Jennings, former director of CAPCOG’s Regional Law Enforcement Academy from 2007 to 2015, returned to the position on May 20. Jennings, a 48-year veteran of policing, wants to ensure local jurisdictions have their pick of top caliber peace officers to staff their agencies and current law enforcement officers have the ability to learn and adapt to the ever changing job demands in their communities.

“This job is about providing high quality officers for every department throughout the region,” Jennings said. “CAPCOG works with all the agencies in the region to make sure it delivers officers that are tailored to their communities whether that is San Marcos, Llano or Fayette County.”

Before his previous stint at CAPCOG, Jennings served in the Houston Police Department, Jersey Village Police Department, Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and on the Texas Jail Commission. He has worked a variety of positions from patrol officer to detective to jail administrator and holds many Texas Commission of Law Enforcement certificates to include Master Peace Officer, ALERRT Trainer, Advanced Instructor, SWAT, and Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist. In November 2015, Jennings became the Dublin Police Chief but returned to the region as a captain for Travis County Precinct 2 Constable.

He is looking forward to drawing from his experiences to shape better community officers. “I enjoy teaching young officers about how law enforcement has advanced over the years,” Jennings said. “I want to make sure cadets and officers evolve with the job, and that community policing is the most important part of their job. Officers have to know their community, their neighbors, because they are there to serve and protect them.”

> Learn more about RLEA.

Prepare for wildfire season by registering for alerts at WarnCentralTexas.org

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Public safety officials and local advocates from around the region at a Warn Central Texas press conference in May urged Central Texas residents to prepare for the 2019 wildfire season by staying aware of their wildfire risk, mitigating dangers, and preparing themselves to act. Registering for local emergency alerts at WarnCentralTexas.org and becoming a Firewise USA Community are two ways residents can stay vigilant. The wildfire season historically starts in May and can last until October.

“We like to say that wildfires are everyone’s fight in Central Texas,” said Justice Jones, Austin Fire Department wildfire mitigation officer. “Taking simple steps can ensure your home doesn’t ignite during a wildfire such as keeping debris from your gutters and trimming your trees to eliminate dead wood and leaf litter… and heeding warnings you receive through Warn Central Texas.”

WarnCentralTexas.org is a portal for residents to register cellphones and email addresses to receive emergency messages from local public safety officials using the regional notification system. The system can alert an entire city or county, or send hyper-local messages targeting neighborhoods or streets. Messages can include actionable alerts such as evacuation or shelter-in-place instructions. All CAPCOG member governments can use the tool.

The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise USA program encourages neighbors to work together to prevent losses that could be caused by wildfires. The program educates and motivates people at the neighborhood level to take actions such as clearing excess brush and knowing evacuations routes or safe places to shelter in place. The Austin Firewise Alliance runs quarterly in-depth training to help community leaders make their neighborhoods more wildfire resilient and become Firewise; it welcomes all communities.

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the wildfire risk will be higher during the late summer because of the year’s larger than average rainfall; increased rains create more vegetation providing more fuel for wildfires.

> Learn more about WarnCentralTexas.org and the regional notification system.
> Learn how to become a Firewise USA community.

CAPCOG sends criminal justice grant priorities to governor

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The CAPCOG Executive Committee in May approved a prioritized list of recommended projects to receive funding from four Office of the Governor (OOG), Criminal Justice Division (CJD) grant programs ranking 54 applications from local governments and nonprofits. The OOG will select the final grant awardees and anticipates announcing them by October.

The OOG set the CAPCOG regional budget estimate at a combined $8.2 million for the four grant programs: General Victim Assistance Direct Services, Violence Against Women Justice and Training, Juvenile Justice Grant, and Criminal Justice. However, applications from the CAPCOG region requested more than $12.2 million, meaning the region is oversubscribed in all but one area — Violence Against Women Justice and Training. After reviewing other regions’ recommendations, the OOG may allocate more funding to CAPCOG area projects. To maximize regional funding through these grants, CAPCOG solicited more than 300 government and nonprofit organizations to set funding priorities for projects and to submit grant applications.

Annually, CAPCOG helps coordinate these grant awards by setting the region’s criminal justice priorities, holding grant writing workshops, and reviewing and ranking applications. The 2021 plan year grant process will start in October 2019 with stakeholder meetings.

> Find the list of grants.
> Read more about the CAPCOG Criminal Justice Program.
 

Basic peace officer courses turn cadets into everyday heroes

Monday, June 10, 2019

The CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy will conduct a full-time, day and a part-time, night Basic Peace Officer Course in October and November, respectively, so agencies region wide can have a greater pool of licensed peace officers to support their communities. Entrance exams will take place on June 28, July 19, and Aug. 16 at the CAPCOG offices, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165 in Austin.

“Right now we have a drastic need for police officers because of the current events,” said Mike Jennings, CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy director. Many police agencies across the region have vacancies and CAPCOG specifically tries to fill these positions as agencies throughout the ten counties assist in developing the academy’s curriculum beyond the state’s requirements.

CAPCOG is seeking open-minded people who make calm and sound decisions that are passionate about public service and are in good physical shape to join the academy. By the end of the more than 640-hour courses, academy graduates will have learned to be a greater community partner as a peace officer and will have earned not only their Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Basic Peace Officer License, but several advanced career certificates such as tactical police driving; OC spray; and community first aid, CPR and AED.

“By the time our cadets graduate, they become people who can make quick decisions and be held accountable for their actions, but foremost serve their neighbors, their community.” Jennings said.

> Read more about the academy.
> Register for an entrance exam.

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