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Forensic Identification Services

DNA Co-ordinator

The DNA Coordinator is a Civilian member acting as the Toronto Police liaison with the Centre of Forensic Sciences (the provincial crime lab) to investigate hits from DNA submissions.

Crime scene DNA samples are sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for analysis. The Centre develops profiles from these samples and uploads them to the National DNA Databank (NDDB) maintained by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The RCMP is responsible for maintaining two databases, the Crime Scene Index (CSI) and Criminal Offender Index (COI).

bargraph depicting DNA hits and their type, over a time period between 2012 and 2015
Toronto Police DNA Hit Statistics

Research has revealed that about 30% of DNA hits are to suspects not previously known in the investigation. They are known as cold hits and prove the value of DNA as an important investigative resource.