A Lincoln burglary case helped the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) record its 200th match for the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Laboratory.
CODIS is a database of DNAprofiles searched against each other to identify any potential matches that canbe used to aid an investigation. A match in CODIS provides officers with a new lead in a case by comparing DNA found in a new case against the DNA recordscontained in the database.
"The CODIS database is aninvaluable investigative tool for law enforcement agencies across the state,"said Colonel David Sankey, Nebraska State Patrol superintendent. "Our CrimeLaboratory takes great pride in maintaining the database and ensuring itsintegrity."
Developed by the Federal Bureauof Investigation (FBI), CODIS was established in 1994 by the DNA IdentificationAct and implemented in 1998. One part of CODIS is the National DNA Index System(NDIS). NDIS contains DNA profiles contributed by federal, state and localparticipating forensic laboratories. Currently all 50 states participate inNDIS.
The NSP Crime Lab is the onlyCODIS repository/laboratory in the state. Nebraska is also allowed to collect DNA samples fromall sex offenders and convicted felons.
Currently the NSP CrimeLaboratory receives approximately 6000 offender DNA samples in a year after increasing by large amounts in previous years.
As of August 2012 the NDIScontained nearly 10 million offender profiles and more than 447,300 forensicprofiles.
Nebraskacurrently has 19,181 offender profiles and 1,060 forensic samples in CODIS.