Crime Control and Prevention District
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 $900,000.00. In other words, this amount equates to the cost of around 13 police officers.
The Purpose Behind Establishing the CCPD
The CCPD was established to help fund police public safety operations and equipmnet within the City. The CCPD helps to fund many needed projects too. These projects help reduce the crime rate and provide for staff, training, and tools, all of which are needed in the City of Aransas Pass, Texas.
The General Fund typically funds the police department budget. However, in Aransas Pass, the CCPD budget 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 prepares an annual budget each fiscal year. The CCPD board meets every second Thursday of each month, promptly at 6:30 pm inside 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)
Funded Projects for FY 2021-2022:
Each year, the CCPD funds many projects for the PD. Here are just a handful of projects or programs funded by the CCPD this fiscal year.
- Two school police officers,
- One new police vehicle,
- Next-gen 911 system and contract,
- Taser/Axon body/fleet-cameras 5-year contract renewal and expansion (over $400K project),
- Animal control facility improvements,
- Public safety bullet-resistant vests,
- First-responder retention stipend for sworn staff ($5k officers and $3K TCO’s annually),
- Operational grant to support the public safety operational shortfall from the general fund.
Applications for program funding must be presented or recommended by a law enforcement official of the political subdivision.