The highly touted DNA bill was passed this afternoon in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.

The bill proposes to empower police personnel to obtain compulsory samples from criminal suspects.

It also makes provision for the establishment of a DNA database.

Speaking in the House of Representatives this afternoon, Member of Parliament for North Eastern St. Andrew, Delroy Chuck, raised concerns about the section of the Bill that gives the police the right to take compulsory DNA samples from criminal suspects.

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But Attorney General, Patrick Atkinson, said the concern was misplaced.

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And National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, says other concerns by the Opposition, over the administrative processes in the taking of samples from arrestees and volunteers will be addressed in protocols to be established.