Put young children on DNA list, urge UK police

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by Mark Townsend and Anushka Asthana
The Observer
Sunday March 16 2008

Primary school children should be eligible for the DNA database if they exhibit behaviour indicating they may become criminals in later life, according to Britain’s most senior police forensics expert.

Gary Pugh, director of forensic sciences at Scotland Yard and the new DNA spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), said a debate was needed on how far Britain should go in identifying potential offenders, given that some experts believe it is possible to identify future offending traits in children as young as five.

‘If we have a primary means of identifying people before they offend, then in the long-term the benefits of targeting younger people are extremely large,’ said Pugh. ‘You could argue the younger the better. Criminologists say some people will grow out of crime; others won’t. We have to find who are possibly going to be the biggest threat to society.’


h/t: CLG

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3 thoughts on “Put young children on DNA list, urge UK police

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  3. Well it’s obvious that if you listen to, and act on what the police recommend, you’re going to end up living in a “Police State”. That’s the whole idea!

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