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Dane County's first DNA sweep

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Authorities conducted the first ever DNA sweep in Dane County on Tuesday.

Dane County Sheriff's deputies, along with police officers from Madison, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, and Middleton went in search of 93 people who are required to submit a DNA sample to the state databank.

Just before 4 p.m., officers had found and collected samples from 26 people. 

According to authorities, most of the people required by law to submit a DNA sample have either been convicted of a felony or sexual assault charge.

On a quarterly basis, the Office of Justice Assistance estimates that between 100 and 120 individuals living in Dane County are required to submit a DNA sample to the Wisconsin DNA Databank.  Everyone on the list is first sent a letter, in an attempt to get voluntary compliance with the process. 

During today's sweep, when law enforcement is able to make contact with someone on the list, they are first given the opportunity to voluntarily comply.  In those situations, the officer will take the persons fingerprints and mouth swab on the spot. 

If the person chooses not to comply, they will be brought to the Dane County Jail, where they will be booked and released under WI State Statute 165.75, Submission of human biological specimen, a Class A misdemeanor.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office anticipates the DNA sweep becoming an annual event. 

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