Crime pays for providers

When complete, the national police information system will consist of a number of national databases such as fingerprints and DNA, and others such as the national sex offenders' register, and apprehended violence orders, according to CrimTrac's Andrew Reynolds.

While Reynolds would not confirm any details regarding the DNA database contract, one source told The Wire an Australian vendor was a likely candidate to win the deal.

The information system is designed to eliminate "hard data transfers" between state and territory police, and other organisations, according to Reynolds.

Reynolds said security was a top priority when it came to awarding the contracts - especially in light of the announcement this week that the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission will investigate allegations that corrupt police were selling information stored on their statewide police database.

Last week, the Government said the French company, SAGEM, would provide the first stage of its $50 million technological attack on crime - a $14.8 million "21st Century" national fingerprinting system.

Reynolds said the DNA database element of the system was valued at approximately the same amount.

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David Smedley

PC World

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