As the United States continues its expansion of DNA collection by gathering data from those arrested but not convicted of crimes, as well as those convicted of petty crimes, the debate is continuing in other countries. The Canberra Times reports:
The man overseeing the national DNA database wants to expand the bank of criminal profiles, after the eight-year quest to link all jurisdictions finally ended.
CrimTrac, the agency which maintains the database, said yesterday a recent link-up between the Northern Territory and NSW was the last piece in the nation’s cross-jurisdiction puzzle.
The puzzle has taken eight years to complete because of policy and legislative differences.
Now CrimTrac’s chief executive Ben McDevitt is hoping to expand the database through broader DNA testing.
Mr McDevitt said the next step was taking samples from people charged but not convicted and from people charged for minor crimes as well as serious offences. […]
Recent New Zealand laws meant people charged, or intended to be charged, with a serious offence can have a DNA sample taken when they are photographed and fingerprinted at a police watch-house.
Mr McDevitt said he supported a federal model expanding that to include ”volume crime”, including burglaries and car theft.
ACT and NSW already take samples from criminals convicted of a serious indictable offence.