Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $156,000)
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.
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety proposes a subaward to Bernalillo County Sheriffs Office to provide staff overtime to complete digitization of documents into the sex offender tracking systems. A subaward to the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Unit (SFCSO SOU) will use AWA-funded overtime to conduct face-to-face address verification operations, surveillance operations, and cross-jurisdiction operations to apprehend absconders. This will provide the under staffed unit with the resources needed to monitor the growing number of registered sex offenders in the county, as well as to validate data provided by registered sex offenders, thus increasing public safety.
SFCSO SOU sex offender overtime tactical operations will include the following: address verification operations and compliance checks twice a month for each year of the project; surveillance operations to conduct surveillance on high risk sex offenders to ensure compliance with conditions of release. These operations will be held bi-monthly each year of the project. In addition, surveillance operations may be used to apprehend absconders; multi-agency tactical operations will take place twice a year for each year of the project with outside law enforcement agencies to apprehend absconders.