Union wait­ing for a ten­der PROMIS

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - KIERAN BANKS

A TEN­DER for the re­place­ment of be­lea­guered po­lice IT sys­tem PROMIS is set to be an­nounced by the end of Oc­to­ber.

Ear­lier this year Chief Min­is­ter and Po­lice Min­is­ter Michael Gun­ner an­nounced a $45 mil­lion plan to re­place the sys­tem in April.

PROMIS suf­fered a crip­pling five-day melt­down last year, forc­ing po­lice to per­form ur­gent up­grades on a sys­tem which cost the force $1 in the late 1990s.

An NT Po­lice spokesman said no de­tails on the new sys- tem would be re­vealed un­til the ten­der was of­fi­cially an­nounced.

The sys­tem is ex­pected to al­low in­te­gra­tion with smart tech­nol­ogy and of­fer po­lice on the ground a more user friendly pro­gram.

When PROMIS broke down last year, po­lice were not able to access vi­tal in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing criminal back­ground checks while on the road.

NT Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Paul McCue said the pre­vi­ous fail­ure of PROMIS was a safety and se­cu­rity is­sue for NT Po­lice and the com­mu­nity.

He said it il­lus­trated the im- por­tance of an op­er­a­tional IT sys­tem.

“The re­place­ment of PROMIS, like all equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy that our po­lice use ev­ery day, is in­te­gral to their serv­ing the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“We ex­pect that the po­lice force and any third par­ties in­volved are ap­ply­ing best prac­tice prin­ci­ples for the roll­out of the new sys­tem.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the de­vel­op­ment and in­tro­duc­tion phases will take time, how­ever it would be the ex­pec­ta­tion of our as­so­ci­a­tion that the cur­rent sys­tem should not fail again, leav­ing our mem­bers and the pub­lic at risk.”

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Natasha Fyles told the an­nual NT Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence that the Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing the up­graded com­puter sys­tem.

“We have com­mit­ted $45 mil­lion to over­haul­ing the out­dated PROMIS com­puter sys­tem, some­thing that will help you out on the beat ev­ery day in your jobs,” she said.

“I see the frus­tra­tion when I work with you as a lo­cal mem­ber around the is­sues that the sys­tem doesn’t de­liver. We’re com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing po­lice re­sources, the in­fra­struc­ture to help you do your job.”

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