ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–The St. Louis Police Union is fighting the Chief’s office over whether officers can be asked to submit DNA samples.
The St. Louis Police Officer’s Association has filed a formal grievance with the department, and is seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the collection of officer’s DNA samples through saliva swabs.
“You can identify somebody’s predisposition to disease or other genetic conditions through DNA samples, and an officer has a right to keep that information private,” said Association Business Manager Jeff Roorda.
The Chief’s office released a statement saying the DNA samples have been collected “voluntarily” since 2000 for the “sole purpose of eliminating unknown genetic profiles that may be collected at crime scenes.”
Roorda says the union is not opposed to the samples being collected for crime scene purposes, but he says there’s nothing in writing to limit how they could be used in the future and there needs to be. The two sides are expected sit down and discuss how to restrict the use of the data.