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Archive for August, 2008

New DNA Collection Method Holds Promise for Indianapolis Police

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Over the next six months the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) will be testing a new DNA collection kit that promises to assist the department in obtaining DNA from firearms left at a crime scene.

The kits, which are called Trigger ID kits, will be carried by approximately 200 officers and will give metropolitan police the ability to swab a gun before it is removed from a crime scene, greatly improving the chances of obtaining DNA evidence. According to the kit’s inventor, Vincent Perez, studies have shown that forensic analysts find DNA on a firearm more often than they find fingerprints, making a case for the usefulness of this new technology. (more…)

Colorado Seeks Preventive DNA Sampling Law

Monday, August 25th, 2008

The state of Colorado is seeking to enact a new preventive DNA law that would require anyone arrested on felony charges to submit a DNA sample to the state, rather than waiting for the suspect to be convicted. Colorado would join a list of approximately a dozen other states that collect DNA samples prior to a conviction. In addition to this proposed law, federal government has legalized the collection of DNA samples at the time of a federal arrest. (more…)

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