GTH DNA is known for its forensic DNA database legislation, policy, and legal expertise. We use this experience to advise governments and law enforcement entities on how to best develop forensic DNA legislation and policy that aligns with their goals. Based on our considerable experience and access to vital statistics from various global forensic DNA programs, we propose policy solutions that achieve crime control and exoneration goals while also being cognizant of the need to protect privacy.
As part of a comprehensive strategy, policies are created to pursue forensic DNA programs, and at the same time, a plan is developed for securing funding and then implementation. GTH DNA can provide consultation and advocacy to pursue forensic DNA funding solutions. In addition to working with the host government to evaluate program costs and funding options, GTH DNA will work to determine what grants or foreign aid solutions are available.
Once funding is secured to create or expand forensic DNA programs, the next step is program implementation. A major component of implementation includes crime labs and police departments developing appropriate regulations and standard operational procedures. To help accomplish this, GTH DNA can bring government stakeholders together to present global standards and examples. Through this collaborative process, GTH DNA provides invaluable consultation ensuring the best possible DNA program is successfully implemented.
GTH DNA frequently hosts forensic DNA symposiums, webinars, and training. These events focus on policy as well as scientific and operational training. GTH DNA works with crime labs, law enforcement, and other government institutions to determine their educational needs and selects appropriate forensic DNA global thought leaders to participate in the events and training.
Establishing forensic DNA database programs are complex endeavors. Politicians must agree to laws that strike a balance between solving crime and personal privacy. Crime labs and police must adopt procedures and best practices. Judges, prosecutors, and defense lawyers must know how to process DNA evidence in court. Lastly, the public must have trust in the program.
One of the keys to advancing forensic DNA programs is identifying relevant stakeholder groups and addressing their potential objections to the program. GTH DNA has a long history of developing stakeholder groups, facilitating discussions, and ultimately reaching consensus. GTH DNA then presents the data from these meetings with stakeholder groups to assist a country’s government to determine the type of forensic DNA program it wants to pursue. Then, GTH DNA can then develop a plan that allows for targeted communications and advocacy to gain the support of government decision-makers and regulators.