blog Your writer was somewhat bemused to note news over the past few days that the Victorian State Government appears to have thrown a stack of cash at Victoria Police for sexy new technology to be used by officers in the line of duty. An article published by ZDNet yesterday (we recommend you click here for the full yarn) details the cash splurge:
“Victorian Police are slated to receive a technology boost in the state’s upcoming 2016-2017 Budget, with Premier Daniel Andrews allocating AU$36.8 million to upgrade the force.”
The boys in blue are in line, apparently, for hot new gadgets such as body worn cameras, tablets and more, in an effort to modernise the force.
Not mentioned, of course, are the significant problems which Victoria Police faces with fundamental IT service delivery.
In 2012, Victoria’s State Services Authority delivered a comprehensive report finding that Victoria Police had, essentially, no ability to deliver major ICT projects within its operations, highlighting the force’s failure to deliver its key information systems project LEAP as a major example of this trend. And Victoria Police has not precisely covered itself in glory in the IT management field since that date.
Its outdated systems are so terrible that in February 2014, its chief commissioner laid part of the blame for the death of 11-year-old boy Luke Batty at the doorstep of its ailing IT systems, which failed to provide officers with sufficient information to apprehend his violent father in a timely manner.
Some may also recall a report in June 2014 that found Victoria Police’s IT systems were so out of date that police officers often simply went home to open modern documents on their own PCs. Joy.
Victoria Police has since starting taking a series of steps to remediate its woeful IT systems (see the bottom of this article also) … but one does wonder just how far the effort has progressed.
Is it any good handing out tablets to police officers in the field, if the information systems back at head office at still stuck in the dark ages?