The Superintendent ooff the Maryland State Police, Colonel William M. Pallozzi, announced today about another milestone for Maryland DNA’s database, supporting its need as an invaluable tool to low enforcement in the ongoing effort too reduce crime, apprehend criminals, and exonerate the innocent.
Maryland’s DNA database, which was at the State Police Forensic Sciences Division laboratory, has now recorded as 4000 positive ‘hits’, which occurs when DNA is obtained from a scene or a crime victim is matched with either a known offender sample or DNA from another crime scene that is on file in Maryland’s DNA database, or CODIS, the Combined DNA Index System, which enables access to the national databse.
Earlier this month, scientists at the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division sent the data to detectives at a law enforcement agency in Maryland that the 4000th positive DNA comparison through the use of Maryland’s DNA database was connected to an open felony crime which is currently being investigated by them. Specifics in this case cannot be made known at this time because the investigated is ongoing and the suspect is free of any charges.
Maryland’s DNA database was established by law in 1994 and the first positive comparison occurred in 1998. It was eight years later, in August 2006, when State Police scientists reached the 500th hit.
The success of the statewide DNA database is due to the diligent efforts and cooperation of many individuals. They include the personnel of the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division and those in local police DNA laboratories, as well as the cooperative collection efforts by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the Department of Parole and Probation, sheriff’s offices and detention centers across the state, and Maryland’s district and circuit court systems.