.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

DPS move will slow crime, save money

-A A +A

DNA center will be taken over by Department of Public Safety

By Carol A. Clark

The Department of Public Safety Forensic Laboratory will assume control of the State DNA Administrative Center starting in October — a move  that will trim weeks when inputting felon DNA information into the statewide database and save about $400,000 a year, according to the DPS.

Today it takes six to eight weeks for this DNA information to be entered into the database for law enforcement use.

DPS estimates it will take about two weeks once the Northern Forensic Laboratory assumes responsibility.

“This will be excellent,” Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster said. “A couple of things we run into are repeat offenders so this would give about a month less time for them to go out and commit another crime, also, a lot of suspects are released in a short period of time and this would give us more opportunity to ID them while they’re still in jail. We really hope they do improve the efficiency of the DNA database.”

The Albuquerque Police Department crime lab has had the responsibility to process DNA and enter the information into the New Mexico DNA Identification System. This database is comprised of convicted offenders and felon arrestees.

DNA is collected from those arrested as they are booked into jail and from probation and parole offices, according to DPS.


If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
info
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:



Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday