Palm Bay Partners With Cellmark Forensics
By Space Coast Daily // February 8, 2014
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Dallas, Texas based Cellmark Forensics, Inc. has been awarded a two-year contract to provide private DNA processing and database services for the Palm Bay Police Department in support of its continuing use of DNA to solve property crimes.
The mayor and council approved the deal at Thursday’s regular city council meeting.
It calls for the continuation of the local DNA database, formerly known as LODIS, which was created in 2007 through a partnership with DNA:SI labs which closed for business in early January.
Cellmark Forensics, Inc., a subsidiary of LabCorp, was awarded the contract after a competitive bid process that involved a total of three proposals.
The company has served the legal and law enforcement community since 1987 and is one of the largest private forensics labs in the world analyzing more than 2 million samples in more than 50,000 cases including high-profile cases like the OJ Simpson case, Jon Benet Ramsey and Ted Kaczynski, also known as the “Unabomber.”
“We are looking forward to this new partnership and are confident in Cellmark Forensics’ ability to continue what we started here in 2007,” said Chief Doug Muldoon.
NATIONAL PIONEER IN THE USE OF A LOCAL DNA DATABASE
The Palm Bay Police Department is the national pioneer in the creation and use of a local DNA database.
Since its inception in 2007 the program has suppressed the incidents of property crime in the city by more than 25 percent below the national and regional averages per population.
Under the new contract, Cellmark Forensics, Inc. will continue to use the DNA data collected over the last seven years to ensure continuity of Palm Bay’s current DNA database which holds thousands of local offender profiles.