Australian biometric and DNA database finding repeat offenders
15 April 2016 11:56 GMT

A fingerprint and DNA database being used by Australian law enforcement helped link 25,000 previously unrelated crimes to repeat offenders last year.

CrimTrac’s National Criminal Investigation DNA Database is used by Victoria Police and other state authorities to identify offenders, with link DNA profiles being linked from a crime scene with convicted offenders, noted the Herald Sun.

Police can match profiles from multiple unsolved crime scenes, linking seemingly unrelated police investigations, and with 917,000 profiles uploaded, including another 80,000 last year, is currently being expanded to include biometric records and DNA from relatives to build a more comprehensive database.

CrimTrac’s National Automated Fingerprint Identification System is each year adding about 64,000 finger and palm prints from crime scenes to the database and now holds 6.7 million print sets from 3.9 million people.

The prints are a mixture of “ten-print” data, generally multiple digit prints taken by police from people arrested or by immigration authorities and “latent” prints discovered at unsolved crime scenes.

Meanwhile, a mobile biometric solution is being trialled by police that is linked to the database.

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