Cities Receive Regionalism Award from NCTCOG
The Cities of Carrollton, Addison, Coppell, and Farmers Branch were recognized by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for their far-reaching regional support efforts, specifically in the area of public safety.
Representatives from all four cities accepted the William J. Pitstick Regional Excellence Award from the NCTCOG on Friday, June 17 at the General Assembly meeting in Hurst. The award recognizes entities that refuse to let jurisdictional boundaries of local governments become barriers to the solutions of community issues.
“I am very proud of all our staff who set aside parochial views to make these services much more efficient,” Carrollton City Manager Leonard Martin said. “None of this would have happened without visionary elected officials who have supported the combining of these services. It truly is an example of excellent regionalism in public safety to improve service delivery at less cost.”
Residents of these four cities will benefit from the use of regional resources in solving multi-jurisdictional problems to establish higher levels of safety and well-being. Currently, the cities collaborate on the newly opened North Texas Emergency Communications Center (NTECC) a regional dispatch operations hub, the Regional Critical Incident Response Team, NORTEX Regional SWAT Team, the regional jails in Carrollton and Farmers Branch, the Regional Crash Investigation Team, as well as the soon-to-be-erected joint fire training facility which will begin operation this winter.
Already, the region sees one of the lowest crime rates in comparison to other areas within not only the DFW Metroplex, but also the state. In fact, the four cities often appear on national lists for best places to live, work, visit, or buy a home. The area continues to see decreases in major crimes and increases in community-police relations.
“Our goal is to maintain a strong and reliable presence for our residents in the Carrollton community and anywhere else we may be needed,” said Carrollton Police Chief Rex Redden. “The recognition from COG only energizes all of our teams and drives us to improve our services to the citizens.”
The NCTCOG serves a 16-county region in North Texas by assisting local governments in planning for common needs, cooperation for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development. It works to strengthen North Texas communities through their local governments. The NCTCOG celebrates 50 years of service this year.