Daily Archives: November 7, 2016

Austin contracts Dallas forensic lab to address rape kit backlog

purple-swabThe backlog of rape kits at Austin Police Department will soon be addressed with the help of a Dallas County forensic lab.
Austin City Council voted unanimously today to approve a six-year interlocal agreement with Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, a department within Dallas County. The contract total will not exceed $3.6 million, according to city documents.

Branford police build voluntary DNA database; but ACLU says it’s bad public policy

DNA DatabaseBRANFORD >> In a suburb of about 28,000 residents where violent crime is minimal and low-level offenses are frequent, the Police Department has turned to a 21st century tool to address a small-town problem.
Four years ago, the Branford Police Department started collecting voluntary cheek swabs from people suspected of a crime prior to arrest to build its own private DNA database of offenders.