The National DNA Database

The National DNA Database continues to provide police with the most effective tool for the prevention and detection of crime since the development of fingerprint analysis over 100 years ago.

Between 1 April 2012 and 31 December 2012 the National DNA Database produced 89 matches to murder, 374 to rapes and 18,343 to other crime scenes.

Since 1998, more than 300,000 crimes have been detected with the aid of the Database, reassuring the public that offenders are more likely to be brought to justice.

The Home Office is responsible for overseeing the National DNA Database service, ensuring that it is operated in line with agreed standards and that the quality and integrity of the service is protected.

In October 2012, responsibility for the delivery of National DNA Database (NDNAD) services was transferred from the NPIA to the Home Office. The Home Office’s role is to run the database operations and maintain and ensure the integrity of the data.

The Home Office is responsible for operating and maintaining the National DNA Database service, ensuring that it is operated in line with agreed standards. We are also responsible for accrediting all the scientific laboratories that analyse DNA samples.

Find out more on the role of the NDNAD Strategy Board.

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