When you call 9-1-1, you expect the dispatcher who answers that call to get you the help you need and to get it to you fast. Dealing with life-or-death emergencies is challenging enough. Dealing with them in a region that has large, sparsely populated areas and is experiencing significant growth makes meeting the public’s expectations of fast and accurate emergency services even more difficult. TCOG’s 9-1-1 program is proud to play a role in meeting these difficult challenges.
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. There are also 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.
Preparing for Emergencies
TCOG staff is also responsible for administering the grant process for the Governor’s Office homeland security funds.