Garda IT sys­tem is not fit for pur­pose

Top cop re­veals data wor­ries Cur­rent set-up 20 years old

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY NIALL O’CON­NOR

THE Garda IT sys­tem is “not fit for pur­pose” and has caused “mas­sive prob­lems,” a top of­fi­cer has de­clared.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Michael Finn made the com­ments at the Oireach­tas Jus­tice Com­mit­tee.

He was re­spond­ing to a com­ment by Mick Wal­lace TD who blamed re­cent fail­ures in record­ing of data on Garda man­age­ment.

Mr Finn replied: “You touched on an is­sue that is at the root of our prob­lems, in that we have an IT sys­tem that’s 20 years old that is not fit for pur­pose.

“That is at the root of a lot of is­sues we are dis­cussing in re­la­tion to data and the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of homi­cides and how we record it. Tech­nol­ogy has moved on mas­sively in the last 20 years.

“Our IT sys­tem has caused us mas­sive prob­lems. It is not fit for pur­pose.”

Mean­while, Gur­c­hand Singh, the head of An Garda Siochana’s Anal­y­sis Ser­vice has said he is re­fus­ing to sign off on an in­ter­nal re­view of homicide cases. He added he had con­cerns about the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of some killings as some of them “con­tra­dicted our crime count­ing rules”.

Dr Singh was re­spond­ing to ques­tions from Fianna Fail jus­tice spokesman Jim O’cal­laghan at the Oireach­tas Jus­tice Com­mit­tee. Dr Singh said of the com­puter sys­tem: “Our own crime count­ing rules say that if there was an as­sault caus­ing harm and sub­se­quently some­one has died, that as­sault should ac­tu­ally be up­graded to a homicide. We had sud­den deaths which looked like they were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as homi­cides. There were times I couldn’t rec­on­cile what was there.”

CON­CERN Michael Finn

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