Community educated about crime and DNA

Elize Hern, chairman of the Elsburg CPF (left), Tanya Mottalini from the DNA Project and Leslie Johnson, vice-chairman of the Elsburg CPF prepare for a DNA Project workshop. Last Saturday the CPF invited the organisation to visit the community, to help to educate them on the importance of DNA evidence.

After the father of Vanessa Lynch, founder of the DNA Project, was murdered, she sought ways in which to meaningfully contribute towards the alleviation of crime in South Africa.

This is how the DNA Project was born.

As part of the group’s on-going commitment to address the unacceptably high levels of crime in SA, the DNA Awareness Campaign was launched.

The campaign aims at improving the community’s knowledge of the benefits of utilising DNA evidence in crime detection and prevention.

Last Saturday, the Elsburg CPF invited the organisation to talk to members of the community and other local CPFs in hope of improving their understanding of crime scene procedures and DNA evidence.

“To put it very simply, DNA profiling has replaced fingerprinting as the forensic tool of choice to be used by investigators to link suspects to a crime scene.

“It is highly effective, as DNA can be found in any cell in the body,” said Tanya Mottalini, from the DNA Project.

Her aim on the day was to educate the community and CPF members on what to do as the first response to a crime scene.

“First responders should know what to do to make sure they do not contaminate evidence at a crime scene,” she said.

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