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Police Agencies Cite Concerns About Giving Officer DNA Samples

October 18, 2011  | 

Photo: jurvetson.
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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

Comments (2)

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DEADMAN @ 10/18/2011 6:50 PM

Time to vote for a new sheriff,one that doesn't want to throw his officers in front of a bus,the man doesn't deserve to be in a position to protect people when he wants to expose his officers to giving up their rights.You would be in a national database intermixed with the felons,rapists,drug dealers,murderers and other nefarious persons.NO THANK YOU !!!

michael @ 10/18/2011 7:34 PM

Yea,......... no thanks. I would not be comfortable with my information in this data base with the scumbags. If for some reason you had to be eliminated from a crime scene then supply a sample for that one time use only. But, if you are a suspect in a crime, then they need to get a warrant for the sample just like anyone else. Sheriff Edwards must be a wonderful boss, lets take away more rights from the officers. Sheriff, I got an idea lets take photo's of the male officers genital area to be sure we exclude them in a line up. Sheriff Edwards, you have got to go............we don't leaders of our depts. thinking like this.

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