Police IT chief departs

Police director of information and technology Jeffrey Soar has taken redundancy, following the disestablishment of his post.

Police director of information and technology Jeffrey Soar has taken redundancy, following the disestablishment of his post.

This was the outcome of a reorganisation of Police IT, substantially as recommended in the report by consultant Tony Hood on the Incis computer system failure and related matters.

Soar supervised Police IT for the past three years, during the troubled latter period of the Incis development, culminating in its cancellation.

"The structural [staffing] changes gave me the option to seek one of the positions newly created, or to accept a redundancy settlement," says Soar. "I decided on the latter course; it was a normal redundancy on amicable terms."

Soar now has a short-term contract as acting information services manager for the New Zealand Health Information Service, until a permanent incumbent is found.

"After that, who knows?" he says. "I'm keen to explore the contracting route."

There are plenty of opportunities for skilled IT management, he says.

"We had a big wave of infrastructure refresh, and applications development."

As a result of that, 400 police stations are equipped with LANs attached to a nationwide WAN, which gives police access to some existing applications in a more convenient way, and to some entirely new applications.

A national management centre has been established for the network, and the Cards communication system is complete.

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