About Edward Claughton


Lt. Ed Claughton (ret.) a 20 year law enforcement veteran and founder of PRI Management Group, is a public safety records and IT management consultant with deep expertise in public records compliance, UCR/NIBRS and IT systems.

Known as law enforcement’s public records expert, Ed has researched and taught public records law since 2008 in IL, LA, SC, FL, NC, CO, TX, OH, ID, AL, AZ, GA, MO, TN, VA, OK, and AK.

Ed’s expertise stems from an extensive law enforcement career as a police lieutenant specializing in records management, crime reporting , criminal investigations and as an instructor for over 1400 agencies in public records law. As a well-known and highly regarded subject matter expert, Ed will provide a path of knowledge for your agency to navigate the nuances of records exemptions, privacy law, confidential records, fees, format and timing requirements for your state.

With a great understanding of law enforcement’s approach to releasing records, case management and media relations, Ed will walk you through your state’s legal requirements and how to apply them to your agency’s records.

Ed is passionate about good government and strongly promotes finding creative solutions for eliminating bureaucracy in public safety.  His training seminars consistently receive outstanding reviews and are known for being engaging and highly informative. He has been a requested speaker for the IACP, CLEARS, LERMA, PEAF, ARMA and various state police chief associations.

Ed Claughton holds a Masters in Criminal Justice from Boston University and is a certified law enforcement auditor and public records manager.

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