Editorial staff
2 minute read
13 May 2022
5:15 am

DNA testing must be a priority for police

Editorial staff

Tens of thousands of criminal cases are in abeyance while DNA results slowly trickle through.

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It may surprise many to know that the first time DNA testing was used to convict a criminal was in 1986, when British police nabbed a serial rapist after matching his DNA to that found on victims. The Federal Bureau of Investigation in the US now has more than five million entries in its DNA database of convicted criminals. Under their law, convicts are forced to submit DNA samples and the theory is that this helps crime prevention and investigation – especially of person-to-person crimes like assault, rape and murder – in two main ways. If a convict knows their...