A new digital police system that has been in development for seven years and has already cost tens of millions is perceived by the ICT Review Office (Bit) as such a risky, unnecessarily complicated and expensive that police have to stop, Trouw writes Monday. Bit's advice is now online.
Minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice and Security) says in a reaction that he wants to improve the system, but will not remove the plug. He wants to set up an external agency to research improvements.
It is about the 'Operational Police Platform' (OPP) on which the corps will soon be able to store massive data. Administrative tasks, such as the processing of fines, would therefore be handled much faster because the system already fills in the majority of the information for the agents.
€ 44 million has already been invested in the system. The Bit says it understands the ambition of the police for digitization, but calls the choices made "unwise". For example, it would have cost 16 million euros to build two apps based on the OPP, while that could have been much cheaper.
The Bit advises to abandon the idea of "complete replacement" of the police systems by OPP. The police would benefit more from several smaller systems that work well together.
Investigators and agents must work with the same system, while they have different requirements, the Bit notes. The Operational Police Platform also works with its own programming language. This means that police specialists themselves must develop and maintain components with "complex aspects" such as data integrity.
The own programming language makes development "more complicated than necessary," according to the Bit. Also, "the developer has much less
tools for error detection, diagnosis and repair than with conventional ones
development environment. "
Moreover, it would be difficult and time-consuming to find new programmers, as they must first be trained.
This article was supplemented at 8 a.m. with additional information from the Bit report.