|(HOUSTON, TX) – Sheriff Adrian Garcia and members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s Patrol and Criminal Investigations bureaus, in partnership with the Harris County Institute for Forensic Sciences, will discuss the recent crime-busting successes of matching DNA samples from property crime scenes with potential suspects.|
Since tracking the results this year, DNA samples taken at crime scenes by HCSO deputies have matched data in the FBI’s DNA database in 97 cases, including burglaries and other property crimes. Deputies in all five HCSO patrol districts currently collect DNA evidence from scenes in hopes of identifying suspects and linking them to other crimes.
The sheriff's office has taken a leading role in the Houston area in the use of DNA evidence collected from burglaries and other property crimes.
According to the FBI, the national clearance rate for burglaries is only 12 percent. However, a 2008 study, the DNA Field Experiment, showed that processing DNA samples from property crimes led to more than twice as many suspects identified, arrests made, and cases accepted for prosecution than investigating without DNA evidence.
WHO:Sheriff Adrian Garcia
WHAT: Announcing success of matches of DNA taken at crime scenes
WHEN: Monday, May 24, 2010
WHERE: Harris County Jail (1st Floor ODR)
701 San Jacinto