The abandonment of the Scribe software by the Police, a €12 million mismanagement
After a delay, the departure of part of the project team and an audit, the National Police threw in the towel on Scribe, a software package for writing complaints. The cost of the operation is estimated at nearly 11.7 million euros. The Minister of the Interior will relaunch a call for tenders to change the current aging solution.
In the list of shipwrecks of state IT projects, the Scribe software package has just found a place. This initiative, born in January 2016 according to the panorama of major State IS projects, was to replace the aging solution for writing complaints from the National Police. At that time, Capgemini was selected to produce this new software called Scribe. But as often in these projects, not everything goes as planned and the delay accumulates. The panorama cited above gives a number of years of 8.4 years, i.e. an expected delivery in 2024.
But delivery, there will be none. Indeed, following the delays and the departure of the project manager with half of his team, the development of the software package has been in trouble. Last year, Capgemini carried out an audit showing that the program could not be done because of “a big problem with the very architecture of the project”, specify our colleagues from France Inter. The icing on the cake, no recourse is possible against the service provider who has legally concreted his contract.
After several meetings with the various participants, Place Beauvau decided to abandon the Scribe program. The amount of the invoice is salty, nearly 12 million euros for a project which will not have seen the light of day. The Ministry of the Interior has decided to relaunch a call for tenders to provide the National Police with a modern complaint drafting solution by 2024. We have asked the Ministry for more information on this case, but no response yet.