Establishment of the Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD)
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 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 authorizes the CCPD can be found under the Local Government Code Chapter 363, Crime Control and Prevention Districts. The CCPD fiscal year is between October 1 and September 30th of each year. Today, the CCPD annual budget is just over approximately $800,000.00. In other words, this is the equivalent of 11.5 officers.
The Purpose Behind Establishing 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 the crime rate and provide for staff, training, and tools, all of which is needed in the City of Aransas Pass, Texas.
The General Fund typically funds the police department budget. However, in Aransas Pass, the CCPD tax helps offset the police department budget, allowing General Fund dollars to be stretched even further.
CCPD Operations, Today
The CCPD is a separate entity from the City of Aransas Pass. A Board of seven members appointed by the City Council prepare an annual budget each fiscal year. The CCPD board meets every second Thursday of each month, promptly at 6:30 pm. These meetings take place at City Hall, located at 600 Cleveland Blvd, Aransas Pass, Texas. The meetings are public and all are welcomed to attend.
Programs Funded by the CCPD
The CCPD helps fund the costs for personnel, administration, expansion/enhancement of services, and capital improvement expenditures. Occasionally, specialized programs or functions are also funded by the CCPD. These programs may include community related crime prevention strategies such as block or neighborhood watch, school police, home security inspection/alert, juvenile awareness, law enforcement training, and many other programs. (Section 363.151)
- Ballistic helmets for officers,
- Both standard and heavy supplemental body armor for officers,
- One APISD school resource officer,
- Patrol officers,
- Warrants Officer for the court (formerly),
- Code Enforcement officer,
- Animal Control officer,
- Multiple police vehicles,
- In-car (formerly) & body camera systems,
- VHF police radios,
- Annual maintenance and online data storage for body cameras,
- Firearms training equipment,
- $325,000 towards technology upgrades,
- 911 and police dispatch enhancements,
- NextGEN 911 system including text-to-911 support,
- Police GIS mapping improvements,
- Mobile data terminals for police vehicles,
- Dilapidated, crime-haven building/residential structure removal, &
- Much much more…
Applications for program funding must be presented or recommended by an law enforcement of the political subdivision that created the district or a department head of that political subdivision.
Seeking Board Member Applicants!
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