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Compulsory DNA On Arrest

Current Situation

The law permits the police to collect evidence of identity such as fingerprints, photographs and scars, marks and tattoos on arrest for all offenders but does not permit the taking of DNA evidence as a matter of routine.

Changes SST would like to see:

  1.  DNA is taken, at the time of arrest, for all offences.
  2.  The DNA evidence is retained if the offender is convicted of the offence/s, but destroyed if the charges are dismissed or the offender is acquitted.