Mayor Adams launches DNA gun crimes unit as NYC remains on edge over shootings

File Photo New York City Mayor Eric Adams addresses the press on E. 95th St. and Lexington Ave. in Manhattan, New York where a woman was shot and killed while pushing a stroller Wednesday night, June 29, 2022. Photo Courtesy: New York Daily News

(New York Daily News): Mayor Adams has launched forensic DNA gun crime unit on Thursday.

As reported on New York Daily News, Mayor Adam has launched the forensic DNA gun crime unit as the city remains on edge over a spate of senseless shootings.

Housed within the office of the city medical examiner, the new unit will be made up of 24 full-time criminologists tasked with processing evidence for DNA in gun crime cases, Adams said at a press conference outside the medical examiner’s headquarters in Manhattan.

The medical examiner’s office already has about 150 scientists on staff processing forensic evidence in a range of criminal cases, from sexual assaults and rapes to shootings and assaults.

But it has been said that the new $2.4 million effort will be dedicated solely to gun crimes, allowing evidence processing times in such cases to be reduced from an average of 60 to 30 days.

(News Source: New York Daily News)