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Police departments across the United States and around the world are discovering that biological evidence from property crime scenes can play a significant role in preventing future property crimes and more serious offenses. Innovations in DNA technology and databasing have led to advancements in identifying suspects, protecting the innocent, and convicting the guilty.

Harvard University's Government Innovators Network, in collaboration with the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, is hosting this online discussion to tap the knowledge and experience of three leaders in the use of DNA evidence. Dr. Cecelia Crouse, DNA Technical Leader and Supervisor of Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab, and Dr. Peter Pizzola, Director of the New York City Police Department Crime Lab, will share their respective organizations' experiences in and resultant public safety benefits from analyzing evidence collected from property crime scenes. They will be joined by Paul Hackett, National DNA Business Manager for the Forensic Science Service, an executive agency of the U.K. Home Office, who will discuss innovative DNA-related practices taking place in the United Kingdom.

The information and insights presented in this discussion will be useful to state and local officials involved in framing related justice policies, as well as to practitioners looking to implement some of the best practices in this emerging field.

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For more information, please visit the National Institute of Justice's website to view the following report:  DNA in 'Minor' Crimes Yields Major Benefits in Public Safety (November 2004).  Additional resources can be found on the homepage of the Forensic Science Service.
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