The first INCIS application is about to be delivered ahead of a comprehensive rollout programme through to 2000.
Increment one will enable front-line police to enter information directly into PCs. It also introduces a crime trend analysis tool which pinpoints crime to a particular geographical area, and has modules to provide support in areas such as youth aid and diversions.
It will be rolled out next month as a replacement for NIS, the police national intelligence system.
IT director Jeffrey Soar says this has been chosen first because it is a driver of much of the information that police manage, and that the legacy system is not year 2000-compliant.
Discussions continue with IBM over delays in implementing the system but no agreed position has been attempted at this stage, he says. There have been suggestions that police may seek liquidated damages against IBM.
Increment two of INCIS will be rolled out early in 2000, and increment three later that year. It replaces the Wanganui computer and interfaces with the rest of the Justice sector. Incidents and offences will be electronically processed using INCIS Increment two. Increment two also interfaces to CARD so that when a call has been entered on CARD and an action requiring follow-up has been taken, CARD will automatically create a file in INCIS to facilitate further action and prosecution files will continue to electronically pass to Courts.
Speedbooks are the main feature of increment three. High-volume, low-complexity police processes will be entered once, on a single screen, and the Speedbook will automatically update other relevant files.