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Under 30s Responsible For Landing Police Departments In The Clouds Lifts Off Boston

18 October 2018   •   2 minute read

These Under 30s are probably the reason your local police officer will be able to look up your license and registration from her smartphone.

At the Under 30 Summit on October 1, Forbes Under 30 listmaker Scott Crouch, the cofounder and CEO of police records management system (RMS) Mark43, announced his company’s partnership with the Boston Police Department. Over the next year, the Boston Police will overhaul their records management system and replace it with Mark43’s, aiming to transform the way detectives manage cases by automating functions that have traditionally bound law officers to their desks with the startup’s cloud-based case management.

Crouch and his cofounders Matthew Polega and Florian Mayr made the Forbes Under 30 list in 2015 and Forbes Next Billion-Dollar Startups list in 2016. Today, Mark43 has $77.8 million in funding from investors like Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions, Gen. David Petraeus and General Catalyst. Over 60 United States public safety agencies employ Mark43 technology, and Boston will be the third major city to completely integrate Mark43’s RMS.

Boston Police Department Commissioner William Gross discussed the partnership with Crouch at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston coincidentally minutes and yards from peaceful protestors opposing Senator Jeff Flake’s appearance at the Summit. Commissioner Gross said he looked forward to technological advances that will allow officers to spend more time in their communities.

Boston will also be the first large city to utilize the Mark43 mobile app, giving officers the ability to capture and record more data on the move. “This mobile app will be a huge deal—to make sure officers are spending as little time as possible writing police reports,” said Crouch.

Mark43 has Boston roots: Polega, Mayr and Crouch started Mark43 as Harvard undergrads. They initially came up with the idea for the RMS after shadowing Boston Police officers on patrol to understand their needs. “We found an overall, amazing lack of modern police technology,” Crouch told Forbes in 2016.