Safety in East Texas

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What is this project about?

The ETCOG Public Safety division collaborates with state and local officials to coordinate and plan for emergency 9-1-1 communications in East Texas. We conduct the following:

  • Work with the state to provide fully enhanced 9-1-1 services to ensure proper delivery of 9-1-1 calls and text messages to our public safety answer points
  • Support first responders and plan regionally for disasters
  • We oversee the regional police academy and juvenile services programs
  • Develop and maintain the criminal justice strategic plan for the region

How do I get involved?

Community support for first responders is vital to keep East Texas safe. Please engage with us below on program areas you would like to see added or improved. You can also rank and give feedback on our priorities for regional safety projects. This feedback will help shape updates to our regional plan.

What is the Regional Criminal Justice Strategic Plan?

The Strategic Plan is the document that helps guide decision-making in our area. The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to identify and prioritize criminal justice needs and gaps in services in the areas of Criminal Justice System Improvements, Juvenile Justice System Improvements, Direct Victim Services, and Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Treatment.



What is this project about?

The ETCOG Public Safety division collaborates with state and local officials to coordinate and plan for emergency 9-1-1 communications in East Texas. We conduct the following:

  • Work with the state to provide fully enhanced 9-1-1 services to ensure proper delivery of 9-1-1 calls and text messages to our public safety answer points
  • Support first responders and plan regionally for disasters
  • We oversee the regional police academy and juvenile services programs
  • Develop and maintain the criminal justice strategic plan for the region

How do I get involved?

Community support for first responders is vital to keep East Texas safe. Please engage with us below on program areas you would like to see added or improved. You can also rank and give feedback on our priorities for regional safety projects. This feedback will help shape updates to our regional plan.

What is the Regional Criminal Justice Strategic Plan?

The Strategic Plan is the document that helps guide decision-making in our area. The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to identify and prioritize criminal justice needs and gaps in services in the areas of Criminal Justice System Improvements, Juvenile Justice System Improvements, Direct Victim Services, and Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Treatment.



  • Regional Safety Priorities

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    Our staff and Criminal Justice Advisory Committee have identified regional priorities for Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Victims of Crime, and Violent Crimes Against Women. The top five priorities for each of these topics are outlined below.

    What are your comments on the outlined priorities for the region? What do you consider most important for improved public safety? Please engage with the priority lists below to let us know if we're on the right track. We look forward to your feedback!

  • ​Law Enforcement

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    Our top five priorities for Law Enforcement are:

    1. Training for Law Enforcement, Crime Scene Investigation, and Drug Enforcement
    2. Adequate response time to calls, Family Violence Investigation, DWI enforcement, and Visibility of Police
    3. Specialized training for mental health-related calls and Victims Assistance Advocacy
    4. Gang prevention unit, Adequate/improving arrest rates, and Neighborhood watch
    5. Terrorism Prevention and Cold Case Investigation

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  • Criminal Justice

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    Our top five priorities for Criminal Justice are:

    1. Crimes Against Children Investigators/Prosecutors and Sexual Assault Investigators/Prosecutors
    2. Mental Health Courts and Court Security Equipment
    3. Defense Investigators/Prosecutors
    4. Adult Drug Courts and GPS Monitoring of Offenders
    5. Juvenile Drug Courts, Diversion Programs, and Reentry Courts

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  • Juvenile Justice

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    Our top five priorities for Juvenile Justice are:

    1. Mental Health Services, Youth Character Building, and Substance Abuse Services
    2. Parent Education, Offender Accountability, Youth Employability Skills/Training, Life Skills, and School Resources Officers for the ISDs
    3. After School Programs, Violence Prevention, and Youth Homelessness
    4. Mentoring, Drop Out Prevention, and Bullying Prevention programs
    5. Gang Prevention and Tobacco Use Prevention

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  • Mental Health

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    Our top five priorities for Mental Health are:

    1. Specialized training for Law Enforcement on Mental Health Issues
    2. Residential Treatment Programs and Access to Medication
    3. Housing Needs for People with Mental Illness, Outpatient Treatment Programs and Specialized Training for Victim Assistance Advocates on Mental Health Issues
    4. Specialized Training for Court Personnel on Mental Health Issues
    5. Culturally Competent Services

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  • Substance Abuse

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    Our top five priorities for Substance Abuse are:

    1. Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention
    2. Counseling/Therapy
    3. Treatment Programs for Offenders, Outpatient Treatment Programs and School-Based Prevention Programs
    4. Residential Treatment Programs and DWI Intervention
    5. Culturally Competent Services, Tobacco Prevention Programs for Youth and Alternatives to Incarceration

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  • Victims of Crime Act and Violent Crimes Against Women

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    Our top five priorities for Victims of Crime Act and Violent Crimes Against Women are:

    1. Forensic Exams for Sexual Assault Victims and Forensic Exams for Child Abuse Victims
    2. Crisis Intervention, Filing Protective Orders, Victim Services to Older Adults, Specialized Training for Professionals, Shelter, Transitional Housing and Financial Literacy for Youth and Preparing Child Witnesses for Court
    3. Court Advocacy, Mental Health Assistance, Specialized High-Risk Teams to Prevent Domestic Violence Homicides, Specialized Child Abuse Courts, Medical Accompaniment and Emergency Food
    4. Information & Referral, Specialized Human Trafficking Programs, Multidisciplinary Team Case Coordination, Hotline Counseling
    5. Community Awareness & Outreach, Specialized Family Violence Courts and Developing Safety Plans; and Transportation, Volunteer Recruitment &Training and Culturally Competent Services


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