Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $194,907)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (Pub. L. 109-248, 42 U.S.C. § 16901, et seq) authorizes the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) to administer sex offender management grants. These grants assist state, local and tribal jurisdictions in developing and/or enhancing sex offender registration and notification programs that support substantial implementation of 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.
The Menominee Tribal Police Department's (MTPD) Sex Offender Registry Program (SORP) will continue to address SORNA implementation by registering new sex offenders, tracking existing sex offender registrants, referring non-compliant registrants to appropriate prosecutors, while completing daily entries into the Sex Offender Registration and Notification database that interfaces with the National Sex Offender Public Website. The continual registration of new sex offenders and tracking of existing sex offender registrants will provide current statistics relating to the number and location of registered sex offenders on the Reservation.
The Tribe's Sex Offender Registry Program strategies to implement SORNA include: (1) enhancing Menominee's jurisdiction-wide SORNA implementation program; (2) enhancing law enforcement and other criminal justice agency information sharing at the jurisdiction level as well as between jurisdiction level agencies and local level agencies as it relates to SORNA implementation; (3) implementing training for the MTPD and other tribal criminal agency personnel responsible for sex offender registration, notification, and monitoring; (4) seeking new collaborations that will provide additional funding resources to sustain the SORP; (5) protecting Menominee children, adults and elders from convicted sex offenders by implementing in person interviews with registered sex offenders; (6) scheduling appointments for registered sex offenders to appear in person at the MTPD for purposes of verification and keeping their registration current in accordance with the following time frames: Tier 1 - Once every year for 15 years; Tier 2 - Once every 180 days for 25 years; and Tier 3 - Once every 90 days for the rest of their lives; (7) meeting with the Sex Offender Registry Notification Commission to evaluate program implementation, address unforeseen barriers and create new strategies to overcome those barriers; (8) providing the Sex Offender Registry Notification Commission full copies of the SORP; (9) working with the Menominee County Sheriff's Department and Shawano County Sheriff's Department as they work with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry Program (WI SORP) to establish a MOU to share information; and (10) providing four educational presentations to Menominee Reservation community members.