Former Boston Police commissioner joins startup

Edward Davis left his police job last year.
Edward Davis left his police job last year.

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In an unlikely next move for career law officer Edward F. Davis, the former Boston police commissioner is joining a tech startup.

Davis will take a board seat with Mark43, a company founded last year by three Harvard University graduates that has been making big waves in the law enforcement community. Formed out of a class project, the company makes software that provides real-time data analysis of criminal activity and better manages the records police use to keep tabs on suspects.

After piloting the software with a Massachusetts State Police gang unit in Springfield, Mark43 landed its first contract last year with the Los Angeles County Gang Task Force.

“We’re in a really good time across the nation in terms of dropping crime rates, but I still think we’re only at the tip of the iceberg in terms of technology in police work,” said Davis.

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