BodeHITS™ is a service provided by Bode Technology to law enforcement agencies designed to quickly develop DNA profiles from evidence and reference samples collected from crime scenes, ideally suited for property and drug crimes. BodeHITS offers the expanded use of DNA on some of the crimes that impact communities most. Within the BodeHITS program, law enforcement agencies select the samples that they want processed for DNA analysis. The resulting DNA profiles are entered into a local database where they are compared to other DNA profiles. Matches are sent by email directly to the agency as investigative leads.
The BodeHITS program offers:
- Cost-effective DNA analysis
- Control, as the law enforcement agency decides which samples to submit
- Fast turnaround times
- Automated DNA match notifications sent via email
- Direct access to scientific experts
- Opportunity to develop a local or regional solution
What is a BodeHITS local DNA database?
BodeHITS is a program where law enforcement agencies develop a database of local suspects to develop investigative leads quickly. The program includes training, software, and access to cost-effective and fast DNA analysis. Databases can be developed by individual police departments and expanded regionally.
- Bode will test your samples, create a custom local database for your agency, and search your database for ‘hits’ linking the samples to other DNA profiles
- Option to compare your agency’s profiles with those in the databases of other cooperating law enforcement agencies; expanding your search increases the potential of BodeHITS
- Online and automated tools to track and manage sample submissions and ‘hit’ notifications
All DNA testing in BodeHITS is completed in 30-days or less
Why focus on local property, gun, and drug crimes?
DNA can be an extremely effective tool to identify criminals in highly recidivistic crimes. As low level criminals escalate, stopping them early can have a substantial impact on communities and public safety.
- The DNA Field Experiment found that DNA testing is five times as likely to identify a suspect as fingerprinting and in property crime cases that involve DNA processing, is twice as likely to result in an arrest.2
- In a study conducted by Denver’s police and district attorney offices, cases with DNA evidence were prosecuted more frequently (32.5% versus 5.9%).3
- In Denver, defendants have been shown to be more likely to plead guilty to the top charge when DNA evidence is present
Does BodeHITS work?
BodeHITS is most effective with a commitment to a database. Law enforcement agencies can have success within their first batch submitted, if they are focused on individual cases. As the database of samples increases, agencies will see “cold hits” to cases can develop new investigative leads in no-suspect cases. Over time, the DNA database can help reduce crime rates in your community.
DNA Casework Programs
- Harran F. Community Policing and Forensics: Using a Local DNA Database to Reduce Crime. The Police Chief. October 2014;81(10):48-54.
- Roman JK, Reid S, Reid J, Chalfin, A, Adams W, Knight C. The DNA field experiment: Cost-effectiveness analysis of the use of DNA in the investigation of high-volume crimes. Washington, DC: Urban Institute; April 2008. Available at:http://www.urban.org/publications/411697.html Last Accessed March 5, 2014.
- Ashikhmin S, Berdine SG, Morrissey MR,LaBerge GS. Effectiveness and cost efficiency of DNA evidence in volume crime: Denver Colorado site summary. Available at:http://www.denverda.org/DNA_Documents/DNABurgrCostEfficiencyReserch1.pdf. Last Accessed March 5, 2014.
- Ashikhmin S, Berdine S, LaBerge G, Morrissey M, Weber D. Using DNA to solve high-volume property crimes in Denver: Saving money, lower crime rates and making Denver safer. TheProsecutor. 2008;42(3):34-42.