Victoria Police CIO to retire

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Victoria Police CIO to retire

After three years.

Victoria Police’s chief information officer Jack Blayney is set to retire at the end of 2018 after three years at the helm of the force’s IT transformation.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton announced Blayney's plans this afternoon.

Current crime command assistant commissioner Steve Fontana will take the reins as CIO from April 30, with assistant commissioner Tess Walsh to take over the crime command.

Blayney was appointed CIO in July 2015, after Wendy Stendam was promoted to the position of deputy commissioner of capability.

He has spent the last three years implementing the force's $227 million blue connect program, including preparing for the rollout of 8500 phones and tablets and body worn video cameras to frontline officers.

Blayney's tenure also saw Victoria Police give its core crimes database new life, and deliver a new intelligence platform to allow its officers to interrogate existing databases in real time.

Ashton said he was delighted to have Fontana and Walsh stepping into the critical roles.

“With a large number of information technology projects being rolled out across Victoria Police, the CIO is a critical leadership role in our organisation, and I am confident that Steve is the right person to carry of AC Jack Blayney’s excellent work,’ he said.

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