Monday, January 28, 2008

Palm Beach County to Test DNA in "Gateway Crimes"

Boca Raton News, January 25, 2008 -- On the theory that youth become involved in so-called “gateway crimes” such as auto theft or burglary prior to becoming involved in more violent crimes, Palm Beach County Commissioners have approved a $127,455 interlocal agreement with the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office for DNA testing materials, equipment and training.

The Law Enforcement Planning Council, representing the Law Enforcement component of the Youth Violence Prevention Project, has approved a plan for FY ‘08 that includes these items, commissioners said.

Commissioners said that DNA evidence for property crimes “is given a low priority compared to violent crimes.” The purchase of these items and with training, the PBSO will be able to process the DNA on these property crimes, which will result in arrests before the youth get involved in more serious crimes.”

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