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Vol. XXVI, 4th Quarter
October – December 2008


DNA forensics training for lawmen

Science can provide reliable reinforcement to lawmen’s crime busting mission.

Modern science-based criminal investigation methods were introduced to selected police officers through a DNA forensics training last Nov. 27 at the University of the Philippines-Natural Sciences Research Institute in Diliman.

It was part of the National Biotechnology Week celebration that started November 24 jointly organized by the Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development, an agency of the Department of Science and Technology.

The training is part of PCASTRD’s education and advocacy program on the advantages of DNA forensics technology to law enforcement, and a


follow-up from the series of education campaigns that started in 2006.

The training covered practical exercises on DNA forensics concepts and techniques, important insights on proper handling and collection of DNA evidences, and scene of the crime documentation that are a vital procedure in criminal investigation.

It also aimed to provide awareness and knowledge on the use and application of DNA forensics technology in court cases among prosecution and defense lawyers, judges, and the police.

Topics discussed include DNA forensics technology overview, DNA testing and analysis, limitations of DNA evidences, legal implications of DNA collection or gathering in crime scenes, and crime scene collection principles with focus on biological sampling.

The training was done in cooperation with the UP-NSRI, and the Department of Interior and Local Government.