This move by the ACPO shows a good degree of common sense whilst maintaining the view of the effectiveness of the DNA register for those crimes that warrant such use.
The Home Office proposals for extending the taking of DNA are considered by most to be extreme, ill thought out and overall in line with their current draconian policies which show little regard to the views or liberties of the public.
At the moment anyone picked up for a non-recordable offence cannot have a sample
taken without their consent to confirm or disprove their involvement in
that offence, or to create a record in a national searchable database.
722,464 profiles were entered onto the database in 2006/07, thats one entry every 45 seconds.
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman
Nick Clegg, said: “The Government's onward march towards a
surveillance state has now become a headlong rush. “They seem determined to hoover up the DNA details of as many people as they can, regardless of guilt or innocence.
Tony Lake, ACPO lead on Forensics, Chair of the National DNA Database and Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police said:
has real concerns about the proposals to extend the taking of DNA and
fingerprints for non-recordable offences such as speeding or dropping
litter. ACPO maintains the position that any proposal to take DNA or
fingerprints has to be reasonable and proportionate to the crime.
use of the Intelligence database (using DNA or fingerprints) continues
to help resolve a substantial number of crimes by either detecting
those responsible or eliminating people from police enquiries. It is
important to remember that DNA is only one part of the investigation
and that prosecutions are brought based on other evidence such as
witness statements, CCTV footage etc.”
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