blog As some of you may recall, the Victorian Police force has quite a substantial problem with some of its core IT systems.
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 a replacement of its LEAP crimes database 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Its outdated systems are so terrible that in February 2014, its chief commissioner laid part of the blame for the death of 11-year-old boy Luke Batty at the doorstep of its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.
Well, according to iTnews, the situation is not likely to get better any time soon. Several weeks ago, the outlet reported that Victoria Police had essentially given up on trying to update the 25-year-old LEAP system which is at the heart of much of the organisation’s problems. iTnews quoted Victoria Police on the matter (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“Victoria Police has no plans to replace LEAP in the near future; however, will examine options for transition from legacy systems, including LEAP, in the longer term,” a spokesperson told iTnews.
To my mind this is simply not acceptable.
The continual failure of the LEAP system is already causing substantial problems for Victorian police as well as for members of the community.
If the force is not able to effectively share information to its officers, then those officers will continue to be severely handicapped in their ability to protect the public and enforce the law.
I strongly urge the Victorian Government to address this issue as a matter of urgency. It will require not only a substantial funding increase for this area to Victoria Police, but also a number of senior appointments and strong Ministerial support to get this project moving and delivered.
There is simply no alternative to addressing this situation. And a 25-year-old IT system is not getting any younger — or more functional. Meanwhile, people are suffering because of it. Because of a problem that could — with enough grit and determination — be fixed.
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