Edward Claughton followed a path into law enforcement that began at Loyola University New Orleans, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. At Boston University, he obtained a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. Other training followed, through the FBI-LEEDA Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives and FranklinCovey Government Services. Edward Claughton completed professional development courses in contract negotiations, instructor training, public records, and information management.
In 1995, Edward Claughton joined the Coral Gables Police Department as a Uniformed Police Officer. Edward Claughton was selected to work as a Police Detective in the Economic Crimes Unit in 2000. As a Detective, he collaborated with the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on a variety of cases, including Internet crimes, identity theft, fraud, and commercial burglaries. Under his watch, several organized crime entities were brought to justice. While serving as a Detective, Edward Claughton also aided the department as a part-time Public Information Officer, providing media interviews and press releases as well as participating in community meetings on crime prevention.
Later, as a Sergeant in the Police Records and Technology Unit, Edward Claughton obtained updated records technologies that allowed officers in the field to access real-time intelligence information. Additionally, he managed the data and records systems for the department and developed what is now a national model for police records units used to efficiently manage public information.
As a lieutenant, Edward Claughton held the position of Shift Commander, Professional Standards Lieutenant, and commanded the Strategic Initiatives Team. A decorated officer, Edward Claughton has received the LEO Investigative Services Award, several Certificates of Commendation, Honorable Mention as Officer of the Year twice, and the Bronze Medal of Valor.
In 2008, he utilized his expertise to open PRI Management Group, which provides information management consultation and training for law enforcement around the country. When not engaging in professional pursuits, Edward Claughton serves on the Board of Directors of Granada Day School and supports Serve the World ministries through Granada Presbyterian Church where he is a member. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children and reading the works of W.E.B. Griffin, playing golf, and traveling.