Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $230,000)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (42 U.S.C. § 16909, et seq.; Pub. L. 113-235, 128 Stat. 2130, 2193) authorizes the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) to administer sex offender management grants. These grants assist states, the District of Columbia, U.S. principal territories 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.
New Mexico Department of Public Safety will use these grant funds to sub-grant to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's, Department Sex Offender Registration and Tracking (S.O.R.T) Unit to increase the unit's ability to conduct essential overtime tactical plans, which will enable them to focus on face-to-face residence verification and surveillance operations with an emphasis on apprehending absconders and monitoring high-risk offenders. Additionally, a portion of the funds will be utilized to incorporate creative media outlets, aiding in the apprehension of sex offender absconders. ca/ncf