Police Departments In Bucks County Launch DNA Database

Oct 9, 2015


A forensic scientist extracts DNA from samples.
Credit Ted S. Warren / AP Photo

When Pennsylvania police try to solve a crime using DNA evidence, they have to wait for results from a state database. That can take between nine and 18 months, says Fred Harran, director of public safety for the Bensalem Township Police Department and vice president of the Bucks County Police Chiefs Association.

To speed things up, the 40 police departments in Bucks County have banded together to create a county-wide DNA database that provides results within 30 days.

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