Organisational changes ushered in by the new financial year have commenced with Western Australia’s chief technology officer, Andrew Cann, revealing he is returning to crime fighting.
Cann is becoming the new permanent CIO for WA Police (WAPOL), where he has been on secondment for around two months after a three year stint at the state’s office of the chief information officer.
“It's been an interesting couple of years working with and meeting some fantastic people in the industry in Perth,” Cann posted in an update to social media.
“Looking forward to the next few years in my position as CIO with WAPOL and seeing what we can achieve.”
In May, the WA government revealed it was moving forward a $7 million funding allocation to optimise WAPOL’s technology estate.
The funding was expedited into 2018 from 2021-22 to “update the radio core and telecommunications intercept system, and implement stronger cyber security measures", according to the state government.
WAPOL is also getting a further $2 million to integrate its IT systems with the national order reference system information sharing platform.