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Forensic Logic CEO Bradford Davis Departs After Acquisition

ShotSpotter bought Forensic Logic earlier this year and now runs the COPLINK X search engine. In a social media post, Davis recounted the 10 years helming the firm and what it meant to work in the public safety sector.

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Bradford Davis, CEO of public safety technology vendor Forensic Logic, has departed the company, a decision that comes almost a year after the firm was bought by ShotSpotter.

ShotSpotter, best known for its acoustic gunshot detection technology, also offers Forensic Logic’s COPLINK X search and analytics engine to law enforcement agencies.

Davis, a former tech consultant for the federal government and a U.S. Navy intelligence officer, wrote in a LinkedIn post that his 10 years with Forensic Logic is part of a “beautifully American story."

“Looking back, this journey seems improbable bordering on unbelievable,” he wrote. “Our little seven-person company had a very big idea that leveraging data to improve the way law enforcement operates was one of the great public safety challenges — and opportunities — of our time.”

Indeed, public safety is a main area of growth for gov tech investing as agencies update their emergency dispatch centers; use mobile, video and cloud tools; and respond to an increasing focus on mental health calls — among many other changes taking place in public safety.

One doesn’t have to look far for recent examples of significant capital flowing into the sector.

Davis offered a quick recap of this time focused on gov tech for public safety, a tale that involved growth equity funding, partnerships and operating an information-sharing network that, according to his posting, involved thousands of U.S. police departments.

“We would earn a spot in the GovTech 100 four years in a row before being acquired earlier this year by another visionary company in our field, ShotSpotter,” he wrote.

Davis did not detail what will come next for him professionally.

“Personally, I'm looking forward to more time with my amazing wife and our three little kids who have surrendered me to more work trips and business dinners than I care to admit,” he wrote.