Savanna’s Act references federal as well as Tribal, state, and local law enforcement guidelines.
Federal Law Enforcement Guidelines
Consistent with Sections 5(a)-(c) of Savanna’s Act, the Department has directed each of its U.S. Attorney’s Offices with Tribal land to develop regionally appropriate guidelines for responding to MMIP cases. The Department has also issued guidance to and conducted training with each of its 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices on how to develop these guidelines.
Tribal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Guidelines
Section 5(c)(3) of Savanna’s Act allows Tribal, state, or local law enforcement agencies to voluntarily submit guidelines for responding to missing or murdered indigenous persons (MMIP) cases to the Department of Justice. Under Section 5(d) of Savanna’s Act, the Department will publish on its Tribal Justice and Safety website the name of each Tribal, state, or local law enforcement agency that submits missing or murdered Indigenous persons (MMIP) guidelines for recognition. Agencies seeking Department review of their guidelines may submit them via email to USAEO.MMIP.LE.Guides@usdoj.gov.
TCRPs may be helpful in developing Savanna’s Act guidelines and vice versa. While the TCRPs are focused on emergent missing person cases, and include disciplines in addition to law enforcement, the Savanna’s Act guidelines are focused on law enforcement agencies and all MMIP cases.