Police using a national DNA database last year identified more than 5,000 criminal suspects, records show. Police have endorsed a Senate bill to expand DNA sampling to Canadians convicted of non-violent offences like fraud or drunk driving.

“DNA profiles found at crime scenes are compared to the DNA profiles of convicted offenders,” the RCMP wrote in a National DNA Data Bank Annual Report to Parliament. “When a match is made it can help identify a suspect. An ‘offender hit’ is the term used to describe this.”

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