ALBERTA

Alberta's $55 Million Police Database Plan Scrapped

03/18/2013 05:27 EDT | Updated 05/18/2013 05:12 EDT
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EDMONTON - Alberta's justice minister says a provincewide database for police forces has been scrapped because it was becoming clear that police agencies would not use it.

Jonathan Denis declined to say why police forces balked at using the proposed Alberta Police Integrated Information Initiative, but says it was clear the time had come for the government to cut its losses.

Denis estimated that $55 million was spent on the project, but says a lot of that was for computer software and hardware that can be used elsewhere in government or for individual police forces.

The program was expected to supplement other databases by allowing police in Alberta to share intelligence on investigations, theories, things to watch out for, and possible links among crimes around the province.

The program was launched in 2006, but never went online amid reports police agencies couldn't agree on the best way to run it.

NDP Leader Brian Mason says Denis failed to show leadership on the issue and that, in his words, it's further evidence the province can't, quote, "run a lemonade stand."

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