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DETCOG approves Criminal Justice grant rankings

CENTER, TX (News Release) - The Board of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments accepted the recommendation of its Criminal Justice Advisory Committee Wednesday at their monthly meeting in Center. Four sets of grant applications had been considered and prioritized. 

In the first grant, Victims of Crime Act Formula Grant Programs, the number one ranking went to the Women's Shelter of East Texas, Inc. for their Shelter & Outreach Program, the Family Services of Walker County Family Violence Council ranked second for its Residential/Outreach Crisis Intervention Services for Family Violence and Sexual Assault Victims. Third was the Garth House Mickey Mehaffy Children's Advocacy Program for the Garth House Counseling for Child Victims in Jasper, Newton & Tyler Counties.

The scoring for the Violent Crimes against Women Criminal Justice and Training Projects top rated grant was Tyler County's Violence against Women Special Prosecutor.  Scored second was Newton County's Criminal District Attorney Violence against Women Special Prosecutor Project and third was Angelina County's Family Court and Family Violence Caseload.

For the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, Tyler County was ranked first for their application for Software for Car Computers.  Polk County's proposal for Forensic Equipment was ranked second and Houston County was third with a grant application for a Technology Upgrade.

In the grants for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, DETCOG was ranked first with a proposal to Purchase Juvenile Justice Alternatives.  The City of Colmesneil was ranked second with their Juvenile Intervention and Family Services application and the Coldspring-Oakhurst ISD was third with their "Let's Nip It in the Bud!" program for Juvenile Crime Prevention/Reduction.

In other business, the board received reports from Martin Nash, Tyler County Commissioner and Chairman of the Community Development Regional Review Committee, Dennis Clifton, Livingston Police Chief and Chairman of the Emergency Preparedness Task Force and Jim Jeffers, Nacogdoches City Manager and Chairman of the Deep East Texas Regional Planning Organization. 

DETCOG President, Mark Allen, commended the agency staff after the board received DETCOG's annual independent audit report from Richard Ruddel with the Accounting Firm of Alexander, Lankford and Heirs, Inc..  Mr. Ruddel reported no findings or questioned cost and the audit received an unqualified opinion, the highest audit ranking given by CPA firms.  

The annual DETCOG Membership Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2012.  It will be held in the Pitser Garrison Civic Center in Lufkin.

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