Thursday, June 01, 2006

Police To Set Up DNA Bank To Resolve Criminal Cases Speedily

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (Bernama) -- The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will establish a DNA bank to enhance the capability of its investigating teams to resolve criminal cases, particularly those that are pending, the Dewan Negara was told Wednesday.
Internal Security Deputy Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum said the bank, which would have a collection of DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) samples, would assist police forensic teams to easily identify criminals or their victims.
"We are in the process of formulating the laws for the setting up of the DNA bank," he said when replying to Senator Datuk Yaakob Mohammad in the Dewan Negara, here.
Mohd Johari said that apart from the move to set up the DNA bank, the police had stepped up training for investigating officers, procured modern investigating equipment, encouraged public cooperation with the police through the Rakan Cop programme and upgraded the skills of forensic teams in looking for and identifying evidence.
Quoting police statistics, he said a total of 775,740 criminal cases had been reported in the country over the five years from 2001.

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