Police database (PND) delayed indefinitely

The Police National Database has been scaled back because of budget
over-runs and technical problems.

The commitment to a full implementation of the Police National Database
(PND) by 2010 appears to have been dropped. Full implementation of the PND
could only now be managed if the budget was allowed to over-run by up to
£186.3m.

The information is included in the Fourth Progress Report of the Bichard Inquiry
– the inquiry into the murder of school girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

The planned link between the PND and the courts service computer systems has
been delayed by two years after the emergence of legal and technical problems
related to Libra, the long-running attempt to sort out IT in magistrates'
courts.

Meanwhile, the CRISP programme, which was to provide an interim solution and
a stepping stone to the final PND, has been scrapped

The estimated cost of the full PND had increased by between £53.3m and
£186.3m. This time last year, the PND was set to cost £367m between 2005 and
2016. £31m of that was spent in 05/06. Another £30.4m was spent in 06/07. But
the Fourth report estimated that another £156.9m would have to be spent between
2007 and 2012.

“Requirements after then will depend on considerations around
affordability of possible options for linking locally held information with
that on national systems,” said the report.

The full PND, if further developments were given the go-ahead after 2012 (or
2010, as it said elsewhere in the report) and lasting to 2017, would cost
another £202m to £335m.

The Forth report said that the PND
would no longer be “delivered in partnership” with CJIT, the criminal
justice IT organisation, “in the light of subsequent research and legal
advice”.

Last year, it said the CJIT had approved the funding for its
development of the PND interface. This would now be handled by the PND team, it
said. No further details were given.

 

(source)

 

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