FBI Supports Panama in the Fight against Crime

By Dialogo
April 11, 2012

On April 9, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Panamanian Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences signed an agreement to develop a database and DNA registry that can help to combat crime.

“It’s an agreement to make a database so that we can have that database and be able to arrest the individuals who might have a record there,” AFP was told by Humberto Mas, director of the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, part of the Panamanian public prosecutor’s office.

The bilateral agreement was signed at an event in which FBI Assistant Director David Hassell and Panamanian authorities participated.

The agreement allows Panama to install the license for a software program using CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) technology, used by the FBI to store different genetic profiles of suspects linked to criminal activity.

This database provides for the storage of various details related to the DNA of convicts or individuals arrested for criminal acts, in addition to that of missing persons, evidence collected at the scene of a crime, genealogical trees, or human remains, among others.

The aim is to create profiles of suspects that can be cross-referenced in an investigation, both in old cases that have not been solved and in current ones, especially serial crimes.

“It’s a database and DNA registry with CODIS technology. The best thing is that it’s not costing us anything. It’s a donation,” Mas said.