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Police Agencies Cite Concerns About Giving Officer DNA Samples

October 18, 2011  | 

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Police agencies in various parts of the country say they have grave concerns about requiring their officers to provide DNA samples for a national database as a way of ruling out cops who may be suspected in crimes.

Jefferson Davis Parish (La.) Sheriff Ricky Edwards told Reuters he believes it's important to have officers' DNA on file to save time in investigations and fend off doubt about evidence at trials because it allows authorities to identify unknown genetic material found at crime scenes.

Officers from several law enforcement agencies say collecting DNA samples from officers could present a civil liberties.

"From a civil liberties standpoint, there are a lot of red flags," said Connecticut Trooper Steven Rief, former president of the state police union, in the Reuters report.

Source: Reuters


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