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Albany County Department of Probation Cited by State for High Rate of DNA Collection

December 04, 2017

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that the county Probation Department has been recognized by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives for achieving a DNA collection rate of 99 percent in 2016.

The commendation from the state recognizes that the county has identified cases that require probation offices to collect DNA samples and that the policy is carried out within 30 days of the probationer’s initial meeting with their probation officer.

According to DCJS the samples of convicted offenders and probationers are routinely compared with DNA profiles from crime scene evidence in the state’s Forensic Index to determine if those convicted offenders are linked to crime scene evidence. Comparisons occur within the state and nationwide through the national Combined DNA Index System.

“The probation department continues to be a leader in the state in public safety, supervising those on probation and holding people accountable for their crimes,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “The collection process and use of the data bank has helped to solve crimes in other jurisdictions in New York and across the nation. We hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to public safety.”

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy