Police ask for more ICT spending

New minister asked to boost budget

A plea for further ICT investment is part of the New Zealand Police’s briefing to the incoming Police Minister.

The document, which was presented to Police Minister Judith Collins, was cited in a media release from Collins yesterday, in which she affirmed the new government’s commitment to law and order issues.

The briefing document notes that “The Police ICT infrastructure is reaching the point where Police is compelled to make an increased investment to secure the integrity and capability of its core ICT functions and to meet increasing demand”.

Citing projects such as the development of new tools for the management of Police information and reporting, improvements in storage and management of data and images, and telephony and network requirements to support increased staff, the document puts its case to Collins for more money in the following terms:

“It is suggested that baseline funding increases would be needed to maintain the ICT infrastructure, comprising the personal computers, station servers and back-end storage and key applications that provide day-to-day services.”

The document cites the Police’s shift to IP Telephony, a data network upgrade, ongoing refresh programmes for hardware and network components, and the move from analogue to digital radio, as ongoing projects in the ICT sphere.

It also notes that work proceeded this year on the Electronic Crime Strategy to 2010 project.

While not addressing ICT specifically in her media release, Collins notes “As minister, my priority is that Police have the tools and support they need to carry out their difficult role, and that they are as safe as possible while serving their fellow New Zealanders.

According to the MIS 100, a ranking of New Zealand ICT use by size of organisation, NZ Police is the 16th biggest user of ICT in the country.

It has almost 250 ICT staff, and its ICT is headed by former Telecom executive Murray Mitchell.

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