Police abandon IT project worth millions

18 May 2010

18 May 2010 | Lindsay Clark

Devon and Cornwall Police has ended an IT procurement process claimed to have cost almost £500,000.

The police service said it had abandoned a year-long process to buy an integrated IT system that would have replaced ageing HR, command and control, and intelligence systems.

“The outcome of this procurement would have resulted in the force entering into a significant multi-million pound contract with a supplier, however having reached a significant stage in the process we are not content that the proposals given to us are adequate to meet our needs,” Devon and Cornwall Police said in a statement.

According to reports, deputy chief constable Sean Sawyer said spending on specialist legal advice during the procurement process as well as the expertise of outside consultants amounted to nearly £500,000.

A police spokesman would not comment on the figure.

The police statement continued: “We are currently exploring alternative ways of procuring these required systems to meet our needs. The money we have spent under this procurement so far has been essential in developing, clarifying and validating the force’s requirements and the force’s capability of selecting the right supplier to meet its requirements – an exercise we would have been required to carry out in any procurement process.

“The understanding we now have of our future requirements will stand us in much greater stead when embarking on the next stage of the process.”

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