DNA Identification System

MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A new machine called the 'Rapid Hit Human DNA Identification System' will allow DNA profiles to be generated from swabs and other samples in hours rather than days, potentially transforming the way the police investigate murders and rapes. What plans does the Metropolitan Police Service have to utilise this new piece of technology?


Answer for DNA Identification System

Answer for DNA Identification System

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS states that they have been in discussion with manufacturers of rapid DNA analysis technology and have carried out a limited evaluation of some of the instruments, in collaboration with the Forensic Science Regulator. The details of this are commercially sensitive and will inform the MPS commercial strategy for future provision of forensic services but there are no plans at present to deploy this technology into an operational environment.