Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bensalem police to offer parents DNA profiles of their kids

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.

Bensalem police to offer parents DNA profiles of their kids

DNA strand.
DNA strand.

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.

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