How the Aransas Pass Crime Control and Prevention District came about
The Aransas Pass Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) was established in 2009 following a vote by the citizens that live in the San Patricio County and Nueces County portions of Aransas Pass, Texas. The purpose of this vote was to increase the sale tax revenue by one-half of one percent making the Sales Tax 8.25. The law that regulates the CCPD is Local Government Code Chapter 363, Crime Control and Prevention Districts. The CCPD fiscal year is between October 1 through September 30th. Today the CCPD annual budget is approximately $700,000.00.
The purpose for establishing/maintaining the CCPD
The CCPD was established for the purpose of developing and financing all permissible projects prescribed by the Local Government Code. These projects are needed in order to help reduce crime rate and provide for staff, training, and tools, all of which is much needed for the City of Aransas Pass, Texas.
How the CCPD operates today
The CCPD is a separate entity from the City of Aransas Pass. A Board of seven member’s appointed by the City Council prepare a yearly budget for each fiscal year. This supplemental budget assists the police department while at the same time giving some relief to the general fund for the benefit of other city departments. The CCPD meets every second Thursday of each month promptly at 6:30 pm inside City Hall located at 600 W. Cleveland Blvd, Aransas Pass, Texas; and everyone is welcome to attend.
Funding programs offered by the CCPD
The CCPD helps fund the costs for personnel, administration, expansion/enhancement and capital expenditures. There are also many specialized programs funded or capable of being funded by the CCPD to include community related crime prevention strategies such as block or neighborhood watch programs, school-police programs, home alert programs, juvenile awareness programs, additional parole officers, law enforcement training and many other programs. (Section 363.151)
Projects Funded by the CCPD:
- APISD school resource officer,
- Three additional Patrolmen,
- Warrants Officer for the Court,
- Code Enforcement Officer,
- Animal Control Officer,
- Nine Police Vehicles,
- Bullet Resistant Vests for Police,
- In-Car Camera Systems,
- New Police Radios,
- Body Worn Camera Systems and Online Data Storage
- Firearms Training Equipment
- $325,000 towards Technology Upgrades
- 911 and Police Dispatch Enhancements
- NextGEN 911 System
- Police GIS Mapping Improvements
- Mobile Data Terminals for Police Vehicles
- Dilapidated, Crime-Haven Structure Removal
Applications for program funding must be presented or recommended by an officer of the political subdivision that created the district or a department head of that political subdivision
If you are interested in joining the crime board, get your application on file. Members are chosen and appointed by the City Council when a vacancy arises or terms expire.
Crime Board Application