GJPD Exposed

GJPD Collects Fingerprints and DNA from Children

Posted in Biometrics, City of Grand Junction, GJPD, Grand Junction by GJPD Exposed on August 6, 2010

Yesterday, the GJPD showed children from Fun in the Summer Camp the nuts and bolts of police work. Kids played with the sirens, saw the bomb squad robot, police motorcycles, and more.  On the creeper side, the story from KKCO 11, states that “Kids were also fingerprinted and swabbed for DNA samples.”

Why are the police gather biometric data on children? Did they get parental permission? Do they view the youth as the next generation of potential criminals? How is the DNA and fingerprints of these children to be used? What about rights to privacy?

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  1. chris epic said, on August 6, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    seriously? those samples are only as useful as their intention: fun for kids. They didn’t have their names or social security numbers or addresses or pictures filed with, or associated with those samples in any way so what’s the big deal? Children leave DNA and fingerprints all over public schools just from normal daily activity.

  2. GJPD Exposed said, on August 7, 2010 at 2:22 am

    How do you know it was taken without name or ssn associated with the sample? If it was harmless demonstration of how the police take a DNA swab, not a big deal. Please share if you have more data.


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