Records Management for Law Enforcement

A six-part series in collaboration with LEIRA

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Records Management for Law Enforcement

In association with the Washington State Law Enforcement Information and Records Association, FreeDoc is happy to announce Records Management for Law Enforcement, a six-part webinar series designed specially to help law enforcement agencies improve their records management processes.

For just $25 per session, learn from records management expert Leslie Turner CRM, CPRO, ERM, IG what is needed to efficiently manage records in your department. Attend all six, or mix and match to fit your needs.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Records management concepts & rules
  • Requirements for public records
  • Retention schedules & guidelines
  • Strategies for managing emails, texts, and social media
  • Creating a records assessment of your current practices
  • Disaster planning for public records
  • Implementing an ECM system to streamline processes

Full session descriptions and registration links below! ▼

Continuing Education Credits (CECs)


Each session is worth 1 hour of credit; GARA competency areas for each session are listed below (certificate applicants are required to have a certain number of hours in each area).

  • Session 1 Competency Area – Records & Information Basics
  • Session 2 Competency Area – Retention & Disposition
  • Session 3 Competency Area – Electronic Records & Information Management; Emerging Technologies
  • Session 4 Competency Area – Records & Information Basics
  • Session 5 Competency Area – Disaster Preparedness & Business Continuity
  • Session 6 Competency Area – Electronic Records & Information Management; Emerging Technologies

These sessions will be held once weekly starting Wednesday, March 17 at 11:00 AM.

Session Descriptions and Registration Links

Wed, Mar 17, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

This episode introduces the concepts and rules relating to records and information management and unlocks the mystery of the RM lifecycle. Understanding the motivation behind records management will help you understand the importance of enforcement. Includes a review of Washington State’s rules and requirements for public records.

Wed, Mar 24, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

This episode is an investigation into which records can be set free after serving their time, and which records have a life sentence. Retention schedules serve as your sentencing guidelines, and this session will help “demystify” the reasons behind the different sentences, and how to apply accordingly.

Wed, Mar 31, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

This episode offers tips and useful strategies for managing emails, texts, social media, and other silos of information that can lead to a disorganized and untidy courtroom.

Wed, Apr 7, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

This episode will assist you in creating an assessment of your current records management best practices and process effectiveness. An RM Assessment is a great tool in analyzing your RM “Crime Scene” and can serve as a guide for bringing some “law and order” to your policies and processes.

Wed, Apr 14, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Law enforcement is part of the category of “First Responders”, heroic in being able to respond to crisis and disasters. Disasters or other unexpected events that affect your records come in many different varieties, both natural (earthquakes, fires, floods, volcanos) and manmade (virus, malware, equipment failure, security breaches). Can you afford to lose critical records, or lose the ability to access necessary information? This episode covers disaster planning and preparedness for your public records.

Wed, Apr 21, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

The processes of Law Enforcement have evolved, but has your records management evolved as well to meet the needs and requirements of a modern-day police force? Computerized vehicles and body cameras are in common use, replacing shoe leather and ticket books. Is your agency still relying on “manual labor” in managing all the pieces of electronic information and data together? This final episode covers terms, definitions, and some standards you need to know about the various systems, and how to make the right call.

About Your Instructor – Leslie Turner

Course Instructor – Leslie Turner, CRM, ERMp, IGp

As Program Specialist for the State of Washington Office of the Archives (2006 – 2017), Ms. Turner’s work included consulting on retention schedules, ECM systems and processes to transfer archival digital records to the State Digital Archives.  As Public Disclosure Coordinator for the WA State Dept. of Ecology, Ms. Turner fulfilled a monthly average of 2,000 public records requests and created procedures for the discovery of public records.

At FreeDoc ® Consulting, Ms. Turner conducts Records Assessments and creates retention policies for electronic records within ECM systems.

About FreeDoc ®

Based in Washington State, FreeDoc® has been provided ECM systems and professional scanning services since 1999.
Along with ECM software systems, we deliver:

  • A Four Point plan to achieve agency-wide compliance.
  • Public Records Management.
  • Technology awareness for reporting public records requests.
  • Installation, configuration and training for Laserfiche ECM solutions (DES & WSIPC master contracts).
  • Technical services to scan, toss and go digital!

FreeDoc® has the skills and experience to tackle projects of all sizes. Contact our experts today for more information on how we may serve you.