Policy

Helping the police fight crime more effectively

Supporting detail:

National DNA Database

The National DNA Database provides police with the most effective tool for the prevention and detection of crime since the development of fingerprint analysis over 100 years ago.

Since 1998, more than 300,000 crimes have been detected with the help of the database.

The Home Office is responsible for operating and maintaining the National DNA Database, while the National DNA Database Strategy Board oversee it.

The Home Office is also responsible for accrediting all the scientific laboratories that analyse DNA samples.

Find out more about the DNA Database, including the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012: DNA and fingerprint provisions.

Independent oversight

The Biometrics Commissioner provides independent oversight of the retention and use of DNA and fingerprints. The Biometrics Commissioner, Alastair MacGregor QC, can be contacted at: alastair.macgregor@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.

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