Police scrap multi-million IT system

The Swedish Police are ditching their new multi-million krona computer system, Pust, which has been widely criticised by officers as being time-consuming, with some even calling it a health-and-safety hazard.

The price tag for the system, first introduced in 2009, is around SEK 85 million, twice as much as forecast, news agency TT reports. It is used by police to register crimes and was supposed to save time but has had the opposite effect, officers say.

National Police Commissioner Bengt Svenson said in a statement that he came to understand there was a lot of frustration with Pust after he worked a beat in December and spoke to police around the country.

The head of the Police Union, Lena Nitz, says the decision came "not a day too soon".