parallax background

Criminal Justice is one of those public policy areas that is primarily the responsibility of local governments. Since criminals don't always respect jurisdictional lines, there is a need for some measure of regional coordination and cooperation.

Regional Purpose

There are a number of state and federal programs that provide money for some law enforcement activities. TCOG's Criminal Justice Program helps with these coordination efforts by working with the Governor's Criminal Justice Division, the regional law enforcement community, and local policymakers to develop and maintain a regional criminal justice community plan.

In 2023, over $850,000 was awarded to local agencies in their efforts to assist victims of crime and prevent criminal activities in communities throughout the Texoma region through the Office of the Governor's Criminal Justice Division.  The Request for Applications (RFA) for the next round of funding has been posted on the Texas eGrants website opp.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY                                                                                     DATE AVAILABLE                           DUE DATE (5P CST)

Criminal Justice Program                                                                      12/11/2023                                2/8/2024
General Victim Assistance Grant Program                                 12/11/2023                                2/8/2024
Juvenile Justice & Truancy Prevention Grant Program       12/11/2023                                2/8/2024
Violence Against Women Justice and Training Program     12/11/2023                                2/8/2024


These grants are funded through the Victims of Crime (VOCO), the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the State Criminal Justice Planning program, and the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act and are scored by the Texoma Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC).  Organizations that are eligible to apply include state agencies, units of local government, non-profit agencies, Native American tribes, community supervision and correction departments, and councils of government.  To assist interested applicants with the requirements for grant submission, a mandatory workshop will be held at 2:00p on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, in the Eisenhower Room at TCOG.  This workshop does not require registration and is provided for those who have never applied to CJD as well as those who have previous experience with the CJD grant application process. 

Meet the Team

Criminal Justice

Miranda Harp

Criminal Justice/Emergency Planning Program Supervisor

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Program Staff

Amy Willits

Public Safety Planner

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Criminal Justice Advisory Committee

Criminal Justice Advisory Committee Members
Mr. Brett Smith
Grayson County District Attorney's Office
Ms. Ginger Johnson
Executive Director - Abigail's Arms
Vice Chairperson
Mr. Corey Baker
Deputy Director - Fannin County Adult Probation
Ms. Britney Barker
Executive Director - Grayson County Children's Advocacy Center
Mr. Tim Barnes
Chief of Police - Van Alstyne Police Department
Mr. Alan Brown
Grayson County Adult Probation
Mr. Brandon Caffee
Director - Fannin County Juvenile Probation
Mr. Chris Cypert
Judge, Municipal Court - City of Gainesville
Mr. Eric Erlandson
First Assistant District Attorney - Cooke County District Attorney's Office
Mr. Richard Glaser
District Attorney - Fannin County
Cheryl Gomez
Workforce Solutions Texoma
Mr. Andrew Hawkes
Chief of Police - Bonham Police Department
Ms. Toni Hellman
Cooke County Juvenile Probation
Ms. Erin Holt M. Ed., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor -
Patty Kreider
Fannin County District Attorney's Office
Ms. Kim Parsons
Director of Special Projects - Gainesville ISD
Mr. Kevin Phillips
Chief of Police - City of Gainesville
Ms. Carol Pillars
Executive Director - Fannin County Family Crisis Center
Ms. Shelli Shields
Executive Director - Grayson County Crisis Center
Kim Skidmore
Executive Director - Fannin County Children's Center
Mr. Greg Sumpter
Director, Grayson County Department of Juvenile Services - Grayson County
Chief Wayne Twiner
Fire Chief / Emergency Management Coordinator - City of Gainesville
Ms. Lisa Tyler
Executive Director - Substance Abuse Council
Ms. Gail Utter
Citizen Representative - Grayson County
Honorable Tom Watt
Sheriff - Grayson County


Meeting Minutes

No Criminal Justice Advisory Committee Meeting minutes are available.