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 January 21, 2019  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Heather Murphy reports:

They call it the “magic box.” Its trick is speedy, nearly automated processing of DNA.

“It’s groundbreaking to have it in the police department,” said Detective Glenn Vandegrift of the Bensalem Police Department. “If we can do it, any department in the country can do it.”

Bensalem, a suburb in Bucks County, near Philadelphia, is on the leading edge of a revolution in how crimes are solved. For years, when police wanted to learn whether a suspect’s DNA matched previously collected crime-scene DNA, they sent a sample to an outside lab, then waited a month or more for results.

Read more on The New York Times.

It’s also coming soon to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department, as Joe Cadillic alerts us.

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