Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $265,285)
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 Delaware State Police (DSP) will comply with the requirements outlined in the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act by implementing three goals. The goals of the project are: 1) ensure implementation of the federal and state Adam Walsh Act/SORNA; 2) increase technology enhancements addressing the conversion of documents into electronic format to properly equip sex offender enforcement and agent units in managing sex offenders; 3) increase DNA collection and number of offender samples inputted into the CODIS system. In order to achieve these goals, grant funds will be utilized to purchase technology enhancements and programming contracts, upgrade SBI workstations developing kiosks to increase efficiency of processing sex offender registration and verification procedures, obtain a contract with provider to convert documents to digital format, software needed to facilitate information sharing between jurisdictions and streamlining notification delivery procedures, and to purchase DNA sample kits to implement collection of DNA evidence. By achieving these goals, Delaware State Police plan to effectively comply with local and federal law under SORNA.