The Police National Database has been scaled back because of budget over-runs and technical problems. The commitment to a full implementation of the Police National Database (PND) by 2010 appears to have been dropped. Full implementation of the PND could only now be managed if the budget was allowed to over-run by up to £186.3m …
So follows them all
Hmmm, similar happenings here in Queensland Australia. THe Police Qprime Project, and the Whole of Government IJIS (Integrated Justice Information System) are suffering massive bloat. I saw one case where they were looking for someone to spec the design for an API for software handoff between courts and detainment cells systems. They had scoped three person-years to do this - in reality 6-8 weeks work...
WHat is amazing, is that talking with these folks, they were unaware of efforts like the US DOJ's GJXDM (global justice xml data model) - duh, guys try googling justice and data.. Rampant lack of scope management, poor design, and a vigorous "NIH" (Not invented here) syndrome...
People never learn
Creating monster databases never worked and never will, people must understand that you need to keep the resources distributed and just do the interpretation and comunications layers. Trying to bring togheter diferent datamodels, working approaches and procedures and create one that everyone has to implement will be too costly. Gernerating event management, services layers and having XML appliances can solve the problem a lot cheapper without having to build monsters.
Police National Database vs. National Identity Register
Technical issues aside - do the Home Office's priorities strike anyone else as odd? "Pressure on the Home Office budget as a whole" delays the implementation of the system to provide the police access to data on known offenders. But the Home Office has billions to spend on a scheme to fingerprint the entire UK population, 95%+ of which lead entirely blameless lives.
Huntley myth strikes again
For the record, Ian Huntley was not given a job at a primary school. He got a job as caretaker at Soham College, a Foundation Technology College, which takes pupils from the ages of 11 to 16. It was his girlfried that worked as a teaching assistant at their primary school, not him.
This seems to be something that is often forgotten. Presumably no-one wants to acknowledge that these murders would have been rather difficult to prevent. You'd have to vet not just employees at primary schools, but all their friends too.
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