ParaDNA helps police departments cut costs as new charges are introduced for forensic testing


Police departments in Texas, USA have turned to ParaDNA, a rapid triage system for identifying the presence of DNA, in a bid to reduce costs following the news that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will soon begin charging law enforcement agencies who use its crime labs for forensic testing.

Previously, DPS has provided its forensic testing services free of charge to police departments that do not have the facilities to conduct forensic analysis in-house. Now, following an estimated $11.5 million cut in state funding, DPS is being forced to charge for tests including alcohol analysis ($75 per sample tested), toxicology ($150) and DNA analysis ($550).

ParaDNA helps police departments to cut costs by enabling forensic examiners to adopt a more targeted submissions policy, by detecting the presence of DNA on an item of evidence before it is submitted to the DPS for further analysis. Screening evidence in this way prevents the police department from being charged for the submission and testing of evidence that does not contain DNA.

Available as a lab based Screening Unit or a Field Portable Unit, ParaDNA tests are reliable, reproducible and repeatable, with screening sensitivity that is comparable with standard DNA tests.


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