Waterloo Regional Police Service

2421 Words Nov 7th, 2013 10 Pages
1. Is CIMS still the right answer (sharing information across the PRIDE police agencies)? Is this vision too grandiose for police agencies to embrace at this time? Should PRIDE agencies continue to expend effort and resources (demanding more complicated system requirements) to work toward this information sharing goal? Should WRPS follow the “I’ll have what she’s having” strategy and simply select the same solution as the other PRIDE agencies?
a. The answer depends on a few factors that are not completely clear but are insinuated. As always a key factor is funding.
i. Funding: It is not clear what funding is available or could be made available if the those police precincts that are a member of this group would make the IT upgrade a
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2. Should WRPS part ways with ITG and absorb the sunk costs? Keeping in mind that WRPS legacy systems were developed by ITG, is there any potential gain to be made in maintaining a relationship with ITG.
a. As pointed out in economic courses sunk costs are just that, sunk costs. They cannot be recouped and should not be a key point for the decision of future cost outlays. In this case I would follow that concept that those costs are sunk and to ignore those costs for the making the decision forward, unless from the aspect that after spending so much money and time with ITG there are not visible results and capability. That said, then looking to the Exhibit 3, Vendor Comparison, provides a very strong statement as you compare the vendors. Of the three named vendors on the chart ITG is woefully a no-show. Basically WRPS is their only agency in Canada where they have a presence, ITG is unlikely to meet requirements within the next 2 years and many of the other key requirements end up as a negative response, so they are easily a no-go for a selection. In addition, since their solution is proprietary adds to the concern. Changing now to the ESRI standard and to Windows will facilitate much easier integrations and applications use down the road, and reduce costs since the applications can be run on the same standard desktop instead of one proprietary for ITG solution and one for office
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