Written by on March 20, 2017

Jamaica will soon establish a national DNA registry.

Last week, National Security Minister Robert Montague, announced that a US$146,000 is being approved to purchase equipment and conduct training for the establishment of the DNA Registry.

Montague said the equipment is expected to arrive within 6 weeks and Parliament should have passed DNA Regulations by then – which will allow for the DNA Registry to be populated and govern DNA law.

A new Bullettrax System and Integrated Ballistics Identification System have already been installed at the Forensic Institute.

The Ballistics Identification System will better analyze evidence collected from crime scenes, while the Bullettrax System will capture digital images of bullet surfaces, which the Forensic Institute will use to collect information from ammunition.

The DNA Bill was passed in 2015 as part of Jamaica’s government plan to use science and technology to combat the trafficking of firearms and ammunition.

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