Bensalem police to offer parents DNA profiles of their kids

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The Bensalem Township Police Department will offer parents the opporunity in April to obtain a copy of their child's DNA profile through a program conducted with a professional DNA lab, according to a press release from police.

The DNA profiles will not be kept by the lab - Bode Technology, in Virginia - or the police department, the release says. Rather, the DNA will be collected through what police say is a non-invasive procedure, then sent back to parents after being processed in the lab. Parents can then store it in case it's ever needed to identify their child - if the child goes missing, for example.

The event will be conducted on April 6 at the Bensalem Municipal Building (2400 Byberry Road, Bensalem) between noon and 3 p.m. Entry is free, as are DNA profiles. More information is available at 215-633-3711.

Bensalem Police have been in the news for DNA before - the department is one of at least nine local law enforcement agencies nationwide to have a database of genetic material from suspects who provide it. The DNA profiles have been used in arrests of more than 100 people, mostly for low-level crimes like burglary.