Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $133,761)
Currently, the State of Arizona is not substantially SORNA compliant. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) is actively working to ensure complete and accurate information is recorded and updated as required. These steps will bring the state closer to substantial implementation of SORNA, while AZDPS works toward making the needed statutory changes. AZDPS is requesting to use grant funding to ensure the accurate and complete submission of records to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) by packing the record. This will require additional staff hours to review and complete.
With the Sex Offender Registration Management System (SORMS) upgrade the department is undergoing, and subsequent transfer of data entry duties to the sheriff’s offices, AZDPS needs to ensure the existing information is audited and updated as required.
Intermittent employees and Full-time employees will work approximately 2,500 hours to complete the following:
1. The State of Arizona maintains over 15,000 active sex offender files. AZDPS is conducting an audit of the offenders' criminal history recorded in the SORMS and NCIC. This will entail researching the criminal history, ordering court documents, and updating the systems as needed.
2. DPS conducts over 11,000 sex offender entries into the Arizona Criminal Justice Information System (ACJIS) annually. Arizona averages over 1,000 new offenders and over 10,000 updated registrations annually. The intermittent staff will conduct quality assurance to ensure accuracy in the transmission of data to NCIC.