PRPC’s Criminal Justice Program has been designated by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division as the responsible entity for the regional criminal justice planning efforts for the 26-county area. Under this program, the Planning Commission acts as a catalyst for positive change and innovation through regional agencies and to enhance the quality of life for residents of the Panhandle Region by providing services that facilitate the effective planning, implementation and assessment of regional criminal justice initiatives. Regional planning activities include coordinating and consolidating activities of the criminal justice agencies to maximize available funds and resources. This process involves identifying local crime problems, resources, goals and objectives and projecting programs and funding needs. The department assists in administering, monitoring and reviewing grants for a range of activities that are designed and coordinated through local governments and victim services agencies. The grants provide services in areas such as victim’s services, prosecution, crime prevention, juvenile justice prevention and intervention and law enforcement training.