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Tech Projects: planning ahead with the right people in place

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group July 2018 print PDF It's 2018 and yet another tech revolution is upon us. The question is will law enforcement make the changes necessary to  traverse it correctly. It is astonishing how many police agencies are to this...

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2018 IACP Technology Conference in review

2018 IACP Tech Conference in Review Another IACP Technology Conference down (formerly known as LEIM), this one in Providence, RI.  PRI met some great agencies and vendors, and some not so great vendors (more on that in a minute).  This year's event had a large focus...

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Does your prosecutors’ office require the “original”?

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group March 2018 Print .PDF Arrest forms. Booking records. Statements. Bonds. Affidavits. It's time our prosecutors' offices get with the times and start accepting electronic records. Across the country our court systems are...

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Transforming a police agency one record at a time

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group November 2017 Collaborative reform. Consent decrees. The need for these is often based on issues that run deep within and throughout the agency, not on isolated problems that are one dimensional. They are matters which...

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Applying for NCS-X Grants

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group February 2017 Print .PDF In the past year or so, PRI has received several calls from agencies seeking grants related to converting to NIBRS through the NCS-X initiative. Accordingly, we are sharing the guidance we...

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Got an RMS that isn’t used as it should be?

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group February 2017 Print .PDF Investment in a records management system can range from as low as $35,000 for a very small agency up to millions for a large one.  So with this expenditure, why do so many agencies not use the...

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Law Enforcement is Failing at Crime Reporting

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group November 2016   Print article .PDF At the center of the law enforcement profession is the proper reporting of crime. Doctors report medical data, schools report student data and police report crime data. Law enforcement...

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On quality control of records: agencies still failing

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group August 2016 Case-in-point: CalGang Database Police agencies which refuse to recognize that quality control of police reports should include Records personnel correcting errors are begging for problems.  Quality control...

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On report writing: who is “this officer…”?

PRI Management Group August 2016 It's 2016 and we're still talking about police reports written in the 3rd person.  After reading literally thousands upon thousands of police reports in our work as police records consultants and auditors, we've seen our fair share of...

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There’s No Such Thing As Automated Redaction

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group  A couple of body-worn camera companies (BWC) are promoting "automated redaction" as a key feature of their product.  Let me be very clear: there is no such thing! While the software may be able to track a face or an...

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