Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $269,171)
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 Fort Peck and Assiniboine Tribes has developed 5 goals to continue ongoing sex offender registration and notification activities. These goals include: (1) managing a tribal sex offender registration program that includes participation in the National Sex Offender Public Website; (2) supporting staff positions to include two sex offender registry compliance officers responsible for tribal sex offender registration and monitoring, and a data entry office clerk responsible for collecting and compiling registered sex offender information, conducting records management for reports, and supporting efforts regarding multi-jurisdictional coordination for sex offender compliance; (3) coordinating criminal justice agency information sharing; (4) updating existing Memorandums of Understanding to include other area law enforcement agencies in order to develop a comprehensive collaborative response in managing sex offenders and addressing public safety concerns; and (5) educating tribal law enforcement, community and other criminal justice agency personnel on the Fort Peck Tribes Sex Offender Registry and Management Project. Ft. Peck will also use grant funds to support the Tribal Sex Offender Registry, Notification, Monitoring and Compliance Office in purchasing necessary office supplies and equipment, including a kiosk system and digital finger and palm prints equipment.