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Police enforce DNA sample submissions in Dane County sweep
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Police enforce DNA sample submissions in Dane County sweep

Area police officers went door to door Tuesday as part of Dane County’s first DNA-sample enforcement mission. Officers from the Madison, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, Middleton and deputies from Dane County Sheriff’s Department joined forces to conduct the Dane County DNA sweep.

About 30 law enforcement officers made attempts to contact individuals who were required by law to submit a DNA sample but had not. The Dane County Sheriff’s Department said there were 93 people listed in noncompliance.

The Office of Justice Assistance estimated that between 100 and 120 individuals living in Dane County are required to submit a DNA sample to the Wisconsin DNA Databank on a quarterly basis. Everyone on the list is first sent a letter in an attempt to get voluntary compliance. In many cases, additional attempts were necessary; follow-up letters were sent via certified mail from the Dane County District Attorney’s Office.

During the sweep when law enforcement is able to make contact with someone on the list, the officer first gives the individual an opportunity to voluntarily comply. The officer takes the individual’s fingerprints and mouth swab on the spot. If the person chooses not to comply, they are brought to the Dane County Jail, where they will be booked and released for failure to comply.

As of about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Elise Schaffer, press information officer with the Dane County Sheriff’s Department Press, said 26 samples had been collected and one instance resulted in an arrest for an outstanding warrant. She said agencies will continue attempt contacts until at least 4 p.m.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office also said it anticipates the DNA sweep initiative will become an annual event.

If you are legally required to submit a DNA sample to the DNA Databank, you can schedule an appointment through your probation or parole agent or report in person to the bail window on the first floor of the public safety building located at 115 W. Doty St. in Madison.

Most of the people required by law to submit a DNA sample have been convicted of a felony or sexual assault charge. The WI DNA Databank stores the information in a computer-searchable form. That information is then used to help relate or solve cases.

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