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Metropolitan Police to Hit Massive IT Overspend

Metropolitan Police to Hit Massive IT Overspend

The Metropolitan Police Service is set to spend tens of millions of pounds more than expected on its IT upgrade.

A report from the London Evening Standard said the Met will overspend by £30m whilst also using £24m from its reserves.

Liberal Democrat London Assembly member, Caroline Pidgeon, said:  “The Met has a very long history of costly IT blunders, which have cost the public millions of pounds. It appears the mayor was duped by the Met’s forecasts, which were wildly optimistic in terms of the savings that new technology would make.”

In January last year, Theresa May called on police forces to “exploit the potential of technology” and use it to drive efficiency and innovation.

May said that when the government came into power police forces were spending £1bn a year on IT with 2,000 different systems in 42 forces.

She said this has improved with expenditure/ costings on police IT in England and Wales coming in at around £600m in 2015/16.

To support police forces in their IT adoption the Police ICT company was launched in 2015, with a target to save police forces up to £465m a year through the central provision of national IT systems.

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