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Gov't purchasing equipment for DNA registry

National Security Minister Robert Montague says the Government of Jamaica will be purchasing equipment for the establishment of the National DNA register. A contract, valued at US$142,000 has been signed for the acquisition of equipment for the database as well as to conduct training for technical staff who will manage the facility. The DNA Bill was passed in 2015 and Mr. Montague says the government will, in coming weeks, pass regulations in Parliament to govern the DNA law. He said the DNA database will be a key tool in the fight against crime. In the meantime, the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine has acquired a state-of-the-art ballistics testing machine to improve investigations by the police.