City signs H.I.T. agreement

The Kirksville Police Department will now have its own DNA lab.

The city council signed a partnership with Human Identification Technologies, or "HIT," Wednesday night.

This is a lengthy agreement...but here's what you really need to know.

The city of Kirksville will have its own scientists working in the lab. According to city attorney Howard Hickman, Kirksville will pay their salaries and will be allowed 15 DNA tests a month. But these scientists will also work on other cases...and the city hopes those will earn enough money to cover their salaries.

Now, if for some reason they don't make enough money to pay the salaries, then the DNA company, HIT, will have to step in and make up the difference.

The police chief says it used to take months to get DNA results back...but that won't be the case anymore!

This lab will pretty much guarantee results in less than 30 days and you can get them quicker, said Hughes. Certainly get them if there's some kind of emergency situation so we're looking forward to that.'s the bottom line...according to the city attorney, this is a win-win for Kirksville, and won't cost the city any money.

Human Identification Technologies will benefit because a partnership with the Kirksville police department will allow them easier access to an online DNA database.