22 August 17
Landmark Rapid DNA Act of 2017 passed in the USA
The Rapid DNA Act of 2017 marks significant milestone for rapid DNA, allowing real-time DNA testing at the time of arrest.
IntegenX Inc., the global market leader for Rapid DNA human identification, applauds the signing into law of The Rapid DNA Act of 2017.
The legislation will allow law enforcement agencies, under standards and guidelines established by the FBI, to perform real-time DNA testing at time of arrest, within booking stations.
DNA testing has now become possible in 90 minutes within a booking station, while a suspect is still in custody. With processing times reduced from weeks to less than two hours, the potential to identify or exonerate a suspect quickly will make a meaningful impact on law enforcement.
“Today marks a landmark day in more efficiently fighting crime and supporting law enforcement,” stated Robert Schueren, President and CEO of IntegenX. “IntegenX products have already enabled numerous DNA profile uploads to our nation’s DNA database (CODIS). We look forward to the updated FBI guidelines, and subsequent CODIS uploads from the booking environment.”
“Rapid DNA is a promising new technology and an effective tool for law enforcement – I’m thrilled to be seeing it signed into law. This technology will help quickly identify arrestees and offenders, reduce the overwhelming backlog in forensic DNA analysis, and make crime fighting more efficient while helping to prevent future crimes from occurring. It will also save time and taxpayer dollars,” commented Congressman Sensenbrenner, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Oversight.
Paul Hackett, Managing Director of KFS “This great news for law enforcement worldwide and demonstrates the acceptance and desire of rapid DNA technologies into mainstream forensic science. This historic event represents a giant step in the law enforcement’s ability to conduct real time investigations."
“This bill will help law enforcement agencies solve crimes faster and help those wrongfully accused to be exonerated from crimes they did not commit—almost instantly.
The Rapid DNA Act updates the statutory framework in how DNA samples are entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System by allowing the use of this remarkable Rapid DNA technology,” stated Senator Hatch.
“I’m glad we were able to reach bipartisan consensus to enact this law. This new law will help law enforcement agencies across the nation use a faster and more powerful tool to protect and serve our communities, and to attain justice for victims,” said Congressman Swalwell (D-CA).
“I applaud the passage of the Rapid DNA Act by the U.S. Congress. This update to current DNA law, enabling use of Rapid DNA analysis by our local law enforcement officials, is a tremendous victory for our communities, bringing swift justice to survivors of sexual assault and helping to prevent assaults by repeat offenders,” said Debbie Smith, founder of H-E-A-R-T, Inc. (Hope Exists After Rape Trauma). “I believe that this Act will help free up crime laboratory resources, allowing them to be more focused on the testing of backlogged rape kits, a problem that together with Congress, we have been working on for the past 15 years.”
“We’re very excited to see the passage of the Rapid DNA Act of 2017,” said Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of National Center for Victims of Crime. “Having results for DNA tests while suspects are still in custody should further contribute to the safety of our communities, and ultimately potentially reduce rape kit backlog.”
KFS have been working alongside IntegenX for over 5 years on developing the RapidHIT DNA testing technology which was accredited for use in the United Kingdom in 2015 and is now used for police clients and in KFS laboratories.