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The Unseen Force of Change Agents in Records Management

Article PDF February 2024   Change is hard, but in law enforcement, there is a key position that is often overlooked to help make it happen. In the information and technology driven era of policing, which isn't going away, this key position must be filled with...

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Top 5 Public Records Mistakes

Article PDF August 2023   1. Taking too long. Every state has a law requiring government agencies to respond to public records requests within a certain timeframe. Some states require agencies to acknowledge to the requester they have received the request within...

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The Problem with NIBRS

Article PDFThe FBI had set a goal for all U.S. law enforcement agencies to transition to NIBRS reporting by January 2021.  As of today, only slightly more than half of them have done so. What are the ramifications of not reporting? Why has this happened? Transitioning...

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NIBRS: Getting It Right

Article PDF May 2023 When looking at NIBRS implementation and the ability to handle it successfully, agencies should ask the following: Have we prepared for the reporting and quality control changes which are required for NIBRS? Does our policy establish what...

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Is It a Record Or Is It Evidence?

Article PDF The confusion regarding whether an item is a record or evidence can be easily eliminated with one simple statement: it can be both. This confusion typically occurs when the time comes to purge records and/or evidence, as well as when agencies begin...

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Digital Evidence Management

February 2023 Carl Brooks, ConsultantPRI Management Group Save article PDF Constantly changing technology. A profession always seeking ways to adapt to the changes. That is law enforcement in 2023. In recent years, a particularly challenging issue has been the...

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Your Story

Your story is one we understand. We can assure you, you're not alone.The job of records management is more important than most who work in law enforcement realize. Information is the lifeblood of the agency. When mismanaged, records and data impede the success of its...

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Quality Control: duplication and accuracy of police records

January 2022 Article PDF Our September 2021 article, “Do you work for your RMS or does your RMS work for you?”, laid bare the pervasiveness of both poor vendor support and troublesome software, and the importance of due diligence when buying a new system. While there...

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Law enforcement data loss. Are you at risk?

November 15, 2021 Carl Brooks, ConsultantEd Claughton, PresidentPRI Management Group According to the Dallas Morning News, over four million case notes, audio files, photos, and videos totaling greater than seven terabytes of data have been inappropriately erased...

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