Unacceptable delay in training police to take DNA Samples

The article which appeared on Saturday 17 May 2014 in the Weekend Argus bears witness to the fact that the new DNA Act depends on effective and efficient implementation in order to be rendered as a potent tool in the fight against crime. Click here to read the full article.

It is disappointing when so many people have worked so hard to get to this point, only to be thwarted by a delay such as this – the agreement between the FSL and the Dept. of Health simply needs to be signed by the DG of the Health Dept. in order to allow the police to be trained to take samples from arrestees and convicted offenders. It is unacceptable that a simple signature prevents this from happening.

Come on Health Dept – it’s your turn now to take action! The sooner we can start collecting samples form arrestees and convicted offenders and load those resultant DNA profiles onto the database, the sooner we can identify serial offenders and prevent further crimes. We know that DNA evidence will lead to much speedier trials by securing convictions and will allow for the identification of serial rapists. BUT – each day we wait is another day we allow criminals to continue their rampage on the innocent.

Vanessa Lynch

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