Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $249,976)
The Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management (CASOM) Grant Program is authorized under Title IV of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Pub. L. No. 103-322, 42 U.S.C. 13941. The CASOM grants are awarded to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to develop or enhance sex offender management practices for offenders under community supervision. The Office of Justice Programs awards implementation and enhancement grants. Implementation and Enhancement grants are intended to assist jurisdictions to either implement strategic plans already developed or to enhance existing sex offender management strategies.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) will use the grant funds to assess existing sex offender management practices in Southern Nevada and develop and implement a strategic plan to improve community safety. Partners include representatives from law enforcement, judiciary system, parole/probation, treatment, corrections, victim's rights, polygraphists, and others. The target community consists of 1,747,000 residents within the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Mesquite, and Boulder and rural Clark County. The program will target all incarcerated offenders, those to be released, registered offenders entering the community from elsewhere, those currently noncompliant, and all high risk offenders. Nevada does not have a local system to share information, safely release sex offenders into the community, assess treatment needs, determine threat potential, monitor compliance with registration laws, or address the needs of victims following adjudication. Existing Juvenile and Sex Offender Management Task Forces are committed through an MOU to coordinate, identify, and address sex offender management issues.