Daily Archives: March 24, 2011


Dr Helen Wallace, director of GeneWatch UK, writes in Public Servant magazine about ACPO’s stance on the DNA database: In March, the Commons committee scrutinising the bill heard its first evidence from expert witnesses, including the Association of Chief Police Officers and GeneWatch UK. The Times reports of chief constable Sims’ claim that 1,000 crimes a year would not be solved as a result of the bill, but it does not report the detailed examination of these claims by the committee. GeneWatch disputes the police figures, which are exaggerated because they are based on a false assumption that innocent people are as likely to commit future offences as people convicted of serious or multiple offences: in fact about eight out of ten offences are committed by a small number of repeat offenders. As chief constable Sims made clear in evidence, they are also estimates of database matches not convictions. Only […]

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