On Thursday, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office unveiled a state-of-the-art DNA collection system. The M-Vac Unit will help the Sheriff’s Office Forensic Identification Unit be able to use more DNA that swabbing can’t.
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is one of only two Sheriff’s Offices in the entire state to acquire the M-Vac DNA collection system. Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office being the first.
The system utilizes a wet solution sprayed on a surface which is simultaneously vacuumed into a holding reservoir. The collected solution passes through a filter where the DNA material is then preserved. This method allows DNA material to be extracted from within porous regions of objects and materials previously unobtainable by traditional swabbing, cutting, taping, and scraping. This technology can also help solve cold cases.
This DNA collection system was recently purchased by the Sheriff’s Office at cost a little over $43,000 using surplus budget monies, due in large part to the continued efforts and support of Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. & the Oneida County Board of Legislators and their commitment to victims of criminal conduct, particularly the most vulnerable in our community – our children. This system will be used at the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center.