BY SHAUN JEPSON
A Former Derbyshire Deputy Chief Constable, who established the national DNA police database, believes genetic samples should be taken from everyone at birth.
Don Dovaston, pictured, also said that immigrants should have their DNA recorded.
He believes the benefits of a universal database far outweigh any human rights issues. Mr Dovaston said not only did a database give police a better chance of catching criminals, but it also helped to clear innocent people who might be suspected of a crime.
He said: “I think the benefits of a universal database far outweigh any issues surrounding human rights and my personal opinion is that DNA should be taken from people from birth. I do not see the problem but I understand there has to be serious discussion in Government before it could take place.”