$6 Million I.T. Debacle

Oakland Police Spent $6 Million on Computer System That Doesn’t Work

As part of its federal court settlement agreement to eliminate racial profiling, the Oakland Police Department was required to build a computer system that can identify officers who engage in risky behavior or misconduct.


The database is supposed to track racial profiling, the frequency in which officers use weapons like tear gas and firearms, and whether they get involved in dangerous situations like high-speed chases.


However, the Performance Reporting Information Metrics Environment (PRIME) has suffered cost overruns, delays and numerous bugs. To date, the city has spent $6 million building PRIME, but may scrap it entirely and spend millions more to develop a new system. (Source: East Bay Express, January 31.)

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