Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $61,104)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (Pub. L. 109-248, 42 U.S.C. § 16901, et seq) authorizes the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Office to administer sex offender management grants. These grants assist state, local and tribal jurisdictions in implementing and/or enhancing sex offender registration and notification programs that support compliance with Title I of the AWA, known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). SORNA was enacted to protect the public from convicted sex offenders and offenders against children by establishing a comprehensive national system for the registration of those offenders.
In order for the Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma to comply with SORNA, the Tribe has identified the following goals: 1) develop a specialized unit within the Ft. Oakland Police Department; 2) create a sex offender registration program and community notification plan; 3) establish a practice of information sharing relating to sex offender registration and community notification compliance; 4) work with tribal, city, county, and state agencies to develop local absconder apprehension efforts; 5) implement a system to collect, store, analyze, and use sex offender biometric data and DNA for investigative purposes; and 6) provide support for all agencies. This grant will use funds to support personnel, provide training in new data collection processes and acquire necessary equipment.