Police splash out £10 million over budget on doomed IT project

While our fine police constabulary are more famous for their silly hats than their sharp intellect, bosses at Scotland Yard have revealed themselves as being worthy of Keystone  Kop status with the bungled management of a fancy new IT system.

Designed to save £15 million a year through reduced HR expenditure the centralised IT system, developed by French company Steria, was supposedly only going to cost £38 million to put in place.   

However, the cost of the project, originally due to be up and running by December 2009, has now risen to £48 million so far with no launch date to speak of as yet.  But considering that we are now seeing public service budgets being slashed left, right and centre to meet £6 billion planned cross-government cuts the growing cost of the rozzer’s new toy is unlikely to be met with a whole lot of enthusiasm.  

Crisis talks are now in place with Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson in attendance to discuss the handling of the implementation of the system, which was designed to restructure its human resources department by creating a self service program in order for staff to resolve issues such as wages and holiday and sick leave themselves.   

It is believed that the police force is looking at legal action against Steria over the issue, showing exactly where the filth believes the blame should lie over the matter.  However, it is thought that this may cost the police even more cash.  A source told the The Times: “It’s a very sensitive matter. Lawyers have been consulted but the cost of litigation would be greater than the cost of trying to fix it.”

It is now hoped that it will go live in the latter half of this year.  Steria hasn’t yet offered any comment.