Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding brought his message on the importance of DNA technology to Washington Thursday. Harding was part of a congressional panel.
He spoke about "Katie's Law" to expand criminal DNA databases. Harding was a driving force behind the statewide criminal DNA database when he worked with the Charlottesville Police Department.
"Shame on the states that aren't getting with the program and aren't utilizing DNA technology," Harding said. "I think a lot of their citizens watch CSI on television and assume that all of this technology is being put to use to protect them and in fact they're not."
Katie's Law would allow law enforcement to use DNA left at a crime scene to be collected in the same way as fingerprints.