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Trio of South Palm Beach County cities working together on DNA processing in criminal cases

The city of Delray Beach Public Information office released information that the Delray Beach Police Department has partnered with police departments in neighboring Boynton Beach and Boca Raton to fight crime through a faster and improved DNA pre-screening process.

The trio have joined forces to enhance crime fighting techniques by establishing a new Biological Processing Lab.

According to PIO administrative assistant Rosanne DeChiccio, the 1,800-square-foot facility located at 6500 Congress Ave. in Boca Raton opened on April 15. DeChiccio wrote in a press release that the co-sponsorship will improve DNA processing by pre-screening samples before they are sent to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for further evaluation.

DeChiccio wrote that the BPL was funded through the National Institute of Justice Grant in the amount of $519,544 and equal contributions from all three cities.

According to the report, the city of Delray Beach provided $59,360, which was paid from the city's federal forfeiture funds received from assets seized in criminal activities.

So, criminals paid to put future criminals behind bars.

DeChiccio wrote that this important law enforcement tool will assist in expediting the traditionally long DNA processing time of up to 12 months by pre-screening evidence to determine if DNA is present. She said if found, the data will be submitted to the PBSO's Forensic Biology Unit for further analysis and comparison with a shared law enforcement database of known criminals.

Call Police Sgt. Nicole Guerriero at 561-243-7841 or e-mail Guerriero@MyDelraybeach.com.

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David DiPino joined Forum Publishing Group in August 2006. As a reporter for the Delray Forum, David covers community news and writes a dining column twice a month that focuses on restaurants in South Palm Beach County.

He also is one of the writers of the twice-monthly Hometown Downtown column that looks at events, celebrations, and organizations in Delray and Boynton Beach. He freelances for the Sun-Sentinel during high school football and basketball seasons.

David spent 12 years working in the restaurant industry, and did just about every job in the back of the house, including line cook, sous chef, and dessert chef. A Florida native who lives in Jupiter, he studied Multimedia Journalism at Florida Atlantic University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. David enjoys playing the guitar, golf, boating and snorkeling during his free time.

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