Victoria Police have again delayed their five-year database replacement project after identifying a need for an additional $ 100 million and two years of work.
The LINK project started in mid-2006 and aimed to replace the LEAP crime reporting database, which had been in place since 1993.
Police initially expected implementation to be completed this year, but today announced that the project will be on hold indefinitely, having spent $ 45 million to date and an additional $ 11 million committed.
This decision follows two project reviews which found that it would take “a lot more time and money” for a successful implementation.
Victoria Police offered a similar explanation last March, when they delayed the project for six months.
Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe said today that police underestimated the scale and cost of Project LINK in their initial business case.
Walshe said the LINK project team faced “nearly 200 interfaces with 25 existing applications,” reiterating claims that there were no issues with standard LINK software purchased from Canadian vendor Niche Technology.
A police spokesperson said iTnews that the agency would be “shortly in discussions with Niche Technology regarding the next stage of the project”.
Police planned to develop a new business case over the next 12 months and report back to the government as part of next year’s budget process.
The LINK project was introduced in part to address the security and inappropriate access issues associated with the current database.
Walshe said today that the current LEAP system “is functioning adequately” and that the police “will continue to enforce our strict security measures regarding proper access to LEAP data”.
Updated to 9.55m on April 21 to include information on the cost of LINK to date and the spokesperson’s comment on Niche.