Australian police use national DNA data to solve crimes

Australian police use national DNA data to solve crimes

Australian police use national DNA data to solve crimes

Updated 19 December 2011, 15:36 AEDT

Police in Australia's state of New South Wales have begun using a national D-N-A database to help investigate unsolved crimes.

The database matches evidence collected at crime scenes with criminal profiles to track down offenders who may have moved interstate.

New South Wales State Police Minister David Campbell says the national database is helping solve crimes across Australia.

"This is about breaking down state borders, sharing information and sharing data about criminal activity and criminals dna profiles and that means that it is much more difficult for criminals to move interstate to avoid detection".