Researcher: cops misled over IT system purchase
The Swedish Police learned that one of the selling points for their now-scrapped multi-million krona computer system may not have been true.
Sweden and Finland were told the other country used the crime registering system when, in fact, both nations were still considering whether or not to buy it.
Police researcher Stefan Holgersson told news agency TT that Finland was said to be using Pust, a program offered by the Siebel software company, which is now own by the computer giant Oracle. When Holgersson contacted Finnish police, however, he was only met with confusion.
"The people I was suppose to interview did not understand anything," he told TT. It turned out to be that Finnish police were not using Pust but were still weighing their options. Contact in Finland later told Holgersson that they were informed that Swedis police were using Pust.
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.