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Flagler Sheriff's Office Implements Rapid DNA at Jail with $250,000 State Grant

Published: June 20, 2024


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement gave final approval to use Rapid DNA as part of the Sheriff Perry Hall’s Inmate Detention Facility booking process. The FBI also approved the use of FCSO’s Rapid DNA system for data entry and searches in Florida and the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) Unit.

This new technology was purchased with a $250,000 grant from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. These funds were used to purchase a Rapid DNA machine, Rapid DNA testing kits, installation and maintenance of the machine, all at no cost to local taxpayers.

Rapid DNA analysis is a fully automated process of developing a DNA profile from a mouth swab. Rapid DNA takes a qualifying arrestee’s DNA profile and automatically enters it in CODIS/NDIS during the booking process. The arrestee’s DNA sample is then searched against all unsolved crimes within 24 hours. The results are usually returned in one or two hours. No human laboratory scientist is needed.

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