Letter from the Association of Chief Police
Officers in Scotland
I refer to your letter dated 20 July 2000, which
has been considered by members of the Association's Crime Standing
Committee. The following is provided by way of a reply:
1. The police service across borders within
the UK have national and local databases holding DNA profiles.
As a consequence, there are collections of material for the creation
of profiles relating to persons who may be subsequently convicted
of criminal offences. Following conviction they are retained for
comparison against crime scene stains.
2. The Genetic Databases are in existence
to provide intelligence regarding the identification of suspects
in relation to criminal acts. The funding is in place through
the Criminal Justice System, although if a national database of
all persons resident in the UK were available only comparison
material would require to be analysed.
3. The Genetic Information relates to human
DNA and is stored in secured systems and locations in accordance
with rigid procedures.
4. The responsibilities of the police service
are clearly defined in respect of Data Protection and Privacy
and these are rigidly adhered to.
5. The main development in the future will
be in relation to the quantities of material required for analysis
with profiles held on databases.
6. What must be obtained is consistency
in legal approach to ensure that comparison across borders is
quickly and efficiently achieved.
Sir Roy Cameron
20 September 2000