Hundreds of parents showed up with their children in tow yesterday April 6 2014 to the Bensalem Twp, Building. They were there for something a little different. They were getting a DNA sample of their children for free. "We send the sample out to the lab, the lab destroys the sample and the parents are given the results", said Director of Public Safety Fred Harran. With the DNA readout ,parents can rest easy and have this should the unthinkable happen. The police do not keep any record of this test.
When the child turns 18 the results can be given to the child as DNA does not change. That way, the three year old in 2014 is now a 34 year old in the future and if something happens , the family has the DNA profile. "The results never change", Harran said.
Some children provided no problems in getting a sample. This process was getting a cheek swapped five times. Smaller children, well some of them protested. Once they started crying, in went the swap,less than 10 seconds it was over.
There was also a brief K-9 show and motorcycles were also there for kids to play on. The event ran three hours. According to Harran, by 2:00 p.m. about 200 children had been through the process.
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