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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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Do you work for your RMS or does your RMS work for you?

Ed Claughton, President PRI Management Group  September 2021    Article PDF Records management systems (RMS) should make your life easier, not harder. All too often we hear about the persistent problems our customers have with their records management system (and...

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7 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting a CAD/RMS Vendor

Article PDF FEBRUARY 2021 There are 7 costly project mistakes which when avoided, can save your department years of headaches, unnecessary costs, and clouds on your career which can follow you until the day you retire. Being associated with a project that fails or a...

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Crime Stats and the Hidden Unknown: Overreporting

December 2020 Ed Claughton, PresidentPRI Management Group Print PDF There is often a hidden unknown, lurching in the background of many police department’s crime statistics that lives on in infamy once outed from the shadows, usually at the most inopportune and...

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The Use and Abuse of the Almighty Police Case #

October 2020 Print PDF Used and abused. That is how the common police case number often feels. Pulled too often, used when it shouldn’t be. The case number serves a key purpose in two areas of law enforcement: records management and crime reporting. Records Management...

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Doing More With Less In Records

September 2020 Ed Claughton, PresidentPRI Management Group Print Article These are disruptive times and the volume of information coming in is steadily increasing while budget constraints are forcing cost saving measures. Once again, public safety professionals are...

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A Word About NIBRS

August 2020 It’s no surprise the FBI will be sunsetting the Summary Reporting System in January 2021.  While your state may accept SRS submissions beyond this target date, ultimately the transition will be required. Statistically, in 2018 there were over one million...

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