A norwegian perspective
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Original versionDahl, Johanne Yttri (2008). A norwegian perspective. Biosocieties. 3(1), 101-103.
The Norwegian Minister of Justice and the Police, Knut Storberget, predicts a DNA revolution in Norway (Dagsavisen 24.07.2007). He claims that DNA analysis is one of the most important tools available in the battle against criminality all over the world (Storberget 23.10.2007). A press release from his Department notes that no method can outperform DNA analysis, neither when it comes to efficiency nor credibility, and that it is necessary for the Norwegian police to have similarly efficient tools to police elsewhere. Repeatedly, DNA advocates predict that DNA will contribute to increased detection of a variety of crimes: from volume crime, through serious crime, organised crime and national crime, to international crime. The increase in detection will lead to decreased crime. Consequently increased use of DNA will free up police resources. Increased efforts to detect more crime will also contribute to increased security (Storberget 23.10.2007 and Ministry of Justice and Police). It was on this basis that the Norwegian government granted 64 million Norwegian kroner (approximately GBP 5 million) to Storberget’s “DNA revolution” last autumn.
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