Governor Rick Scott spent his 14th “Let’s Get to Work Day” working at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando Regional Operations Center, where he processed evidence in the evidence intake center, worked as a crime analyst in the biology section, analyzed a gun at the firearms section, and participated in an exercise with the cybercrimes unit whose mission is to crack down on computer crimes including on-line sex predators.
Governor Scott said, “My goal is to create a Florida where every family feels safe in our communities. As a father of two and a grandfather, I know how important it is for our families to feel safe. Too often, we’ve seen evening news stories of families forever changed by a senseless crime. That’s why I’m proud of our progress in knocking down the DNA case backlog by 60 percent, while also providing the funding necessary to expand an increase in the number of DNA samples in the database.”
Governor Scott helped collect evidence submitted to FDLE from local agencies, process DNA, and observe how DNA samples are put into the national DNA database.
The Florida DNA database began in 1990 and has grown to be one of the largest DNA databases in the country. Florida is part of the FBI’s national DNA identification index system known as CODIS. This system allows state and local law enforcement agencies’ crime laboratories to store and compare DNA records from convicted offenders and crime scene evidence with that of other state DNA databases.