Dozens of police departments around the U.S. are amassing their own DNA databases to track criminals, a move critics say is a way around regulations governing state and national databases that restrict who can provide genetic samples and how long that information is held.
he promise of life in the United States led about 170,000 people to cross the border illegally in 2015. But those crossings aren’t always successful: This year alone, at least 409 people are thought to have gone missing or died while crossing the U.S./Mexico border or evading immigration officials after entering the U.S. Those people may die in anonymity, but they are not always forgotten. As Yara Simón reports for Remezcla, a new project is helping families of the missing identify the dead using the items they leave behind.
BRANFORD >> In a suburb of about 28,000 residents where violent crime is minimal and low-level offenses are frequent, the Police Department has turned to a 21st century tool to address a small-town problem.
Four years ago, the Branford Police Department started collecting voluntary cheek swabs from people suspected of a crime prior to arrest to build its own private DNA database of offenders.
from NIJ Director Nancy Rodriguez, “I am pleased to announce that on September 8-9, 2016, through our longstanding commitment to improving sexual assault response, NIJ is hosting Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium, and I invite all to attend. This event will bring together decision makers and government officials, policymakers, law enforcement representatives, crime lab directors, advocacy organizations, prosecutors and defense attorneys, medical and hospital administrators, and strategists invited from 56 states and territories.”
HYDERABAD, AUG 21: Andhra Pradesh police will soon have the backing of DNA technology to improve efficiency of policing. The State Government has decided to use a technology sourced from IntegenX Inc., US to generate DNA profiles and create a database.
KUWAIT CITY, July 12: Kuwait will start implementing the law requiring all citizens, expatriates and visitors to submit DNA samples later this summer, reports Alternet quoting Kuwaiti officials.
According to the report published Monday on the website of Alternet, the DNA samples of at least 3.3 million people will be stored in the government’s database which costs around $400 million. This makes Kuwait the first country in the world to legislate mandatory collection of DNA samples.
The Senate approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Friday to modernize the nation’s DNA laws and enable local police to upload samples to an FBI database.
The Rapid DNA Act, S. 2348, was designed to enable local police to quickly determine whether a suspect is connected to a crime using the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database.
“FSI have recorded over 130 incidences where an individual has been linked to a specific crime, ranging from burglary and theft through to more serious offences against the person such as sexual assault and false imprisonment,” the report said.
The findings demonstrate the benefits in relation to identifying repeat offenders.
KUWAIT CITY, June 1, (Agencies): The DNA Sample Collection Law took effect Wednesday and three centers have been established for this purpose, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources.
Sources disclosed the general departments for Criminal Evidence, Citizenship and Passports Affairs in the Interior Ministry have established three centers to serve citizens who want to obtain electronic passports after their DNA samples are taken by mid-June.
Researchers who study how genes and the environment influence people’s health are hoping that twins who live in the Midwest will contribute DNA to a new database that might provide insight about traits and diseases specific to the region
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – AMID the devastating impact of the Boko Haram terror, Nigeria plans to establish a Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) data-bank to thwart the terrorists as well as reunite children and parents separated by the crisis.
Out of the 2 million internally displaced persons in Nigeria, 6 000 are children, aged below five years, who have been separated from their parents.
A 22-year-old man that was abducted when he was only 3 finally reunited with his biological parents on April 11, thanks to a DNA database that tries to link abducted people with their families, in Ankang city, Northwest China’s Shaanxi province.
SACRAMENTO — One minute they were getting into their car on Allston Way in Berkeley just before 10 on an unseasonably warm Friday night. The next, a stranger had a black handgun to their heads.
IRELAND- This is the first case since the DNA database was set up last November that a match has been made between a person and a crime. “It’s the first official hit recorded by the new database,” said Dr Sheila Willis, director general of FSI.
KUWAIT: The DNA testing law that will go into effect this year is aimed at creating an integrated security database and does not include genealogical implications or affects personal freedoms and privacy. Senior officials told Kuwait Times that the law, the first of its kind in the world, will only be used for criminal security purposes. When the law (no. 78/2015) is applied, it will be binding on all citizens, expatriates and visitors too. A Kuwaiti security delegation had earlier visited Washington to study DNA testing systems there.