blog 12 months on from the departure of its then-chief information officer Michael Vanderheide to lead Victorian IT shared services agency CenITex, Victoria Police still has not appointed a permanent CIO to lead its extremely troubled IT operations. An extensive article on the subject by Intermedium today details the situation (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“More than six months after an independent inquiry into its senior management advised it to revamp its ICT leadership “as a matter of urgency,” Victoria Police has taken only modest steps towards the modernisation of its ICT capacity.”
The news comes several months after, in March, Victoria’s State Services Authority found in a broad-based investigation of the Victorian police force, that the organisation has no ability to deliver major IT projects. In addition, Victoria Police has had a troubled history over the past several years with respect to its IT management, with its wide-ranging Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) systems replacement program suffering long-running issues and the organisation losing several CIOs in quick succession. Pretty much nothing would surprise me at this point when it comes to the IT management at Victoria Police and in the Victorian Government in general.