DNA profiling has caused deskilling in police force - former senior investigator claims

Former Senior Investigating Officer Colin Sutton said the forensic technique can sometimes be a hindrance in criminal investigations

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Former Senior Investigating Officer Colin Sutton has said a reliance on DNA profiling in criminal investigations has led to “deskilling” in the police force.

Speaking on Nigel Farage’s Talking Pints, Mr Sutton revealed that the forensic technique can often stunt inquiries and is even a “hindrance” when the genetic evidence can’t be linked to a person.

He told GB News: “If you’ve got DNA with no name on the end of it, I think it can be a hindrance."

Former Senior Investigating Officer Colin Sutton
Former Senior Investigating Officer Colin Sutton
Colin Sutton appeared on Nigel Farage's Talking Pints
Colin Sutton appeared on Nigel Farage's Talking Pints

He continued: "It’s been a degree of seduction with police and detectives with DNA which has led to a bit of deskilling really because If there’s no DNA do they know what to do now?”

DNA profiling was introduced over 30 years ago and is widely considered a game-changer in forensic science.

It has helped catch many prolific murderers and exonerated innocent people wrongfully convicted, although DNA evidence alone is not enough to secure a conviction today.

Mr Sutton added that CCTV and mobile phones are some of the biggest inventions to revolutionise criminal justice and are the basis for most investigations.

The Met Police has come under increasing scrutiny of late, with Wayne Couzens murdering Sarah Everard, Cressida Dick's resignation and vile messages shared in a Whatsapp group from Charing Cross station.

When asked about the messages, Mr Sutton said there was a huge difference between dark humour and the messages shared by Charing Cross officers.

Mr Sutton had a 30-year career solving murders.

He was a key figure in solving the Amélie Delagrange case in 2004 and the Night Stalker case in 2009.

He also caught serial killer, sex offender, rapist, kidnapper Levi Bellfield.