About the Governor’s Crime Commission

The Governor's Crime Commission (GCC) is the chief advisory body to the Governor and the Secretary of the Department of Public Safety on crime and justice issues.  The Commission consists of 43 members, including the heads of statewide criminal justice and human service agencies; representatives are from courts systems, law enforcement agencies, local government, the General Assembly, and private citizens.

The Governor's Crime Commission is responsible for researching issues under review by the Commission and using the results to make suggestions to the Governor. These recommendations may become part of the biennial legislative agenda that recommends changes or additions to North Carolina law. In addition, GCC:

•    Acts as the single state criminal justice planning agency. It develops, coordinates, and implements comprehensive statewide system improvements, and policy and program development plans.
•    Administers all federal block grants, and other criminal justice funds, which are awarded to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice and Children's Justice Act funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Governor's Crime Commission is also known as the State Administering Agency (SAA); an agency designated to receive and disperse OJP grant funding. The Commission currently administers the following federal block and formula grant programs: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP), Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) and Children's Justice Act (CJA).

Monies are allocated to help both state and local government agencies throughout North Carolina. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to government, law enforcement agencies, non-profit agencies, educational and social service agencies to start new and innovative programs. GCC also provides training workshops statewide to include grant award writing, grant recipient training and other trainings as required ensuring the success of grantees.

The Governor's Crime Commission staff announces the availability of grant funds statewide every fall via its web page. Applicants have until January 31st to complete the application. The appropriate committee, the Commission, and the Secretary make decisions concerning the grant awards which are awarded in the spring.

The Governor's Crime Commission has three committees that are made up of Commission members and advisory members. The committees are as follows:

•    Juvenile Justice Planning Committee
•    Criminal Justice Improvement Committee
•    Crime Victim's Services Committee