Calgary chief wants DNA taken at arrest
CALGARY - Calgary's police chief Rick Hanson is calling for changes in federal legislation to allow for a DNA sample to be collected once a person is arrested.
Rick Hanson says it might be new to Canada but police in some European countries have the power to take a DNA sample at the point of arrest.
Hanson understands civil rights activists wonâ€™t be happy, but says thereâ€™s a thousand reasons that people would say no and one reason to go ahead â€”because itâ€™s the right thing to do.
The chief says 80 years ago, fingerprints and mug shots were rolled out to make sure the right person was in front of the courts; today the new technology is DNA.
Hanson says it would clear huge numbers of crime where there is evidence, but it hasnâ€™t been linked to the perpetrator.
â€śThatâ€™s how you positively identify that that person is who they say they are and how you link a person to the crime," Hanson said.