Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and CRIMEWATCH Technologies Form Partnership Alliance.

New alliance focused on improving public safety and community relations throughout Pennsylvania.

Harrisburg, PA
– The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association (PCPA) and CRIMEWATCH Technologies announced a partnership agreement between the two organizations. The partnership was formed with the purpose of improving public safety and cultivating community relations between police departments and citizens throughout Pennsylvania using CRIMEWATCH, making it even more significant across the state.

Based on the results reported by current CRIMEWATCH member police departments, both organizations strongly believe the partnership will flourish.  The CRIMEWATCH platform is currently deployed in over 110 police departments across the Commonwealth, with more than 30 departments in the evaluation phase.

“We couldn’t be more pleased about formalizing this partnership with CRIMEWATCH,” stated Tom Gross, Executive Director at PCPA. “The feedback we’re receiving from our police chiefs and commanders across the state has been overwhelmingly positive,” Director Gross said.

The CRIMEWATCH Network is an integrated public engagement platform developed specifically for law enforcement agencies and allows for geographically targeted information sharing and intelligence gathering. CRIMEWATCH organizes and collectively distributes crime data to the public and media using its controlled content delivery technology through interconnected police department websites (portals), social media, mobile application and TV network. Supplied with this new access to crime data and public safety information occurring near them, citizens are now simply, safely and anonymously reporting tips and information back to law enforcement who are swiftly responding. 

M.W. Bloom, Founder and CEO of CRIMEWATCH Technologies, isn’t surprised with how well the technology is being received by law enforcement commanders and believes partnering with the PCPA will make CRIMEWATCH even more significant across the state. “Not only are we seeing substantial impact on reported crime [rates] and crime clearances where CRIMEWATCH is deployed, we’re hearing from police chiefs across Pennsylvania about the dramatic improvement in community relations they’re experiencing,” Bloom said. “Our primary objective for CRIMEWATCH, from the beginning, was to make the communities we all live in more safe. And that’s exactly what we’re doing, one community at a time.” 

It’s likely Bloom’s customers agree with his optimism. In a survey of current CRIMEWATCH network member police chiefs held in early January, over 85% of the chiefs indicated they would recommend the CRIMEWATCH platform to a professional colleague, and 100% of the chiefs stated they would promote CRIMEWATCH on their website and social media accounts.  

Additional information regarding the newly formed partnership, including 2017 CRIMEWATCH Crime and Community Impact Reports, will be announced at The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association’s 104th Annual Education & Training Conference held in Harrisburg, PA on July 23-26, 2017. Visit or for additional information.

About the Pennsylvania Chief of Police Association: 
The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Associations’ (PCPA) mission is to promote excellence in leadership and expertise in law enforcement, to advocate for Law Enforcement leaders, and to provide innovative programs and training for our members. The PCPA employs a full-time staff of dedicated professionals. Staff responsibilities focus on developing and sustaining world-class services and capabilities for Pennsylvania’s law enforcement agencies.

CRIMEWATCH Technologies, Inc., is a privately held company that develops cutting-edge technology solutions for law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. The company’s core product is the CRIMEWATCH Network, an integrated public engagement platform developed specifically for law enforcement agencies and allows for geographically targeted information sharing and intelligence gathering. CRIMEWATCH distributes near real time data to/from law enforcement and citizens, fostering unprecedented levels of community engagement.

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Jim Perkins, VP Operations
CRIMEWATCH Technologies, Inc.

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All Bucks police departments will soon use Crimewatch technology tool

Imagine a crime happens in your neighborhood — a home break-in across the street, perhaps. A criminal is on the loose, and you don’t know until you read about it the next day on social media or in the news, or you could just be entirely unaware it happened.  

Matt Schickling, Times photo.

Matt Schickling, Times photo.

Before 2012, that was a problem for Matt Bloom.

“Where I live, you didn’t know what’s going on around you,” he said. “The police are too small to be able to share information. There’s just too much information for police to share effectively with the public.”

Bloom, a resident of Adams County in Central Pennsylvania, wanted to combat the problem, so he developed Crimewatch, a technology company that immediately, effectively disseminates police information to the public.

Users can sign up to receive mobile alerts to their smartphones, and not just texts. The alerts may include an image of the offender and details about the arrest including time and location. There’s also a centralized website and mobile application where that information is available, and it automatically pushes to Facebook and other social media outlets.

“It’s the Google for law enforcement,” said Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran.

Bensalem Police Department started using Crimewatch in December, and within about a week, it already started paying dividends. In one high-profile sexual assault case, police were able to get information leading to an arrest after the Crimewatch spread the notice to about 18,000 people.

“As far as social media and crime fighting, it’s the best out there,” Harran said. “We’ll try anything new, anything different to get criminals off the street. In 31 years of law enforcement, I can probably count on one hand tools that are successful in doing that.”

Bucks County’s 26 other police departments will soon be joining the fold.

District Attorney Matt Weintraub secured an emergency management grant through the state that will ensure funding for Crimewatch in all departments across the county. When that goes live by the end of March, 120 departments in the state will be using the program, Bloom said.

Bucks County and Crimewatch tentatively worked out a three-year agreement, but law enforcement officials can evaluate and decide if it’s something they want to keep after each year. For the first year, at least, it will cost the taxpayers nothing.

“With law enforcement, they’re fundamentally skeptical. They have to be. That’s the nature of their business,” Bloom said. “Matt Weintraub didn’t make this decision lightly.”

But it wasn’t what Bloom had to say about the app that got him on board. Weintraub originally became interested in Crimewatch as an assistant district attorney. In a seminar with other colleagues, he learned from Dauphin County DA Ed Marsico and Lancaster DA Craig Stedman how Crimewatch was benefitting their law enforcement.

Back home, Bensalem beta tested the technology for the rest of the county.

“In this instance, as in many instances, Bensalem is the leader,” Weintraub said. “They were able to validate all the things I thought were great about the program.”

The app uses location services to give information about crime or wanted criminals nearby. A criminal wanted by police across the country could pop up if his or her last known address was in Bristol Borough, for example.

It also works for residents who want to report crime. Anybody with information on an investigation can contact police directly through the app, and it keeps your identity secure. That way, tipsters don’t have to fear backlash for identifying a criminal or assisting in an arrest.

“Now, more than ever, it’s more important for police to be open and share with the public in a more transparent way,” Bloom said. “We can help them foster a better relationship.” ••

For information or to sign up for CRIMEWATCH, visit

Harrisburg police credit website, community with making difference in solving crimes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Harrisburg police say their Crimewatch website has become a very helpful tool in solving crime.

Cpt. Gabriel Olivera says it has been around for a while, but the department began pushing the site last summer. He says they have received hundreds of strong leads and many have helped close cases.

People can remain anonymous or they can leave their contact information.

“People can submit tips, pictures or videos,” Olivera said. “All that we receive can be very helpful.”

Crimewatch allows police to send information through social media.

“We want responsible residents and responsible citizens to tell us what is going on,” Olivera said. “We can do something about crime, and this is a way that people can be a part of the solution.”

Mark Hall
Published: January 26, 2017, 2:55 am 

GovTech 100: Our Second Take on an Emerging Marketplace

Increased venture capital attention, success stories and a viable exit lend credence to the forward momentum of the gov tech marketplace.

#govtech is trending. Strongly.

It is an overnight success 30 years in the making. As our masthead suggests, we have been covering the intersection of government and technology for more than three decades. So why the GovTech 100, and why now?

As we see it, technology in government has reached an inflection point. With states and localities themselves spending nearly $100 billion annually on IT, the public sector has always been a massive consumer of technology and a major market for the companies serving them. But over the last several years there has been a fundamental shift in what was a surprisingly staid market. In fact, 2013 and the ignominy of will likely go down as the tipping point between the traditional government technology industrial complex and something entirely new.

Much of this shift is driven by developments in technology — from ubiquitous connectivity, mobility and the cloud to powerful data analytics. But importantly, these technologies have combined not only to create game-changing platforms like Google, Facebook and Uber, but have also fostered a generational renaissance in public activism under the label of civic tech that’s harnessed open data to hack the way government works.

The 2017 GovTech 100 stands on the shoulders of all of this. If civic tech is a movement, gov tech is a market; a growing portfolio of truly scalable, digital solutions addressing the tough, complicated problems that governments face, from health care and public finance to urban planning and public safety. It combines public-sector mission and private-sector entrepreneurship and innovation, bringing with it engineering prowess and financial resources otherwise unavailable to government. Gov tech companies differ from incumbent industry players in that their products and services are designed to solve problems specific to government, rather than treating government as a secondary market for products developed with the private sector in mind.

We launched the GovTech 100 to mark a uniquely disruptive moment in the evolution of technology and the relationship between public and private sectors. In his 2016 book The Third Wave, Steve Case, AOL co-founder and CEO turned investor sees government as the co-creator of a future as both regulator and customer. Case contends that what matters is not hardware and software but relationships as central to confronting “all kinds of … especially complicated … new and novel challenges” rooted in the increasing ubiquity of the Internet in every part of our lives.

This evolving relationship between government, industry and technology holds the promise to change the way whole sectors — health care, education, human services, finance and agriculture — work, opening a first-of-its-kind opportunity for governments both small and large to harness powerful new tools that can dramatically improve public-sector outcomes, build more livable places, and let citizens engage more meaningfully in the governance of their communities.

Last year marked the inaugural GovTech 100 list, a foundational group of companies we felt embodied the essence of the space and a good starting place to understand a market lacking in the attention it deserves.

The list is meant to be representative, not comprehensive. These are not all the companies in the government technology market space, nor do they necessarily represent the biggest players. You won’t find companies like Microsoft here because government is only one of many market segments it serves and represents less than half of its annual revenues.

These players run the gamut of government technology, from the energy sector to data analytics to back-end administrative solutions to citizen engagement tools.

2016 was a year of steady growth in the gov tech market. This included the merger of Granicus and GovDelivery and speculation of a possible future IPO for Accela. This year’s cohort attracted more than $185 million in fresh investment with a growing number of new venture and private equity firms active in the space, evidenced by Warburg Pincus’ investment in NeoGov. Other recent entrants to the market include Vista Equity Partners, Ekistic Ventures and the Urban Innovation Fund, to name a few.

Stonly Baptiste, co-founder of the venture capital firm, is upbeat in his assessment. “Certainly 2016 has been a great year for government technology, from the … opportunity side, which is cities that are willing and wanting to adopt innovation — a few signals there, including the number of cities that have pursued or deployed open data strategies as one indicator, the number of cities that have shaped out innovation officer roles, and more broadly and maybe even more tellingly the number of customers and the size of deals that government technology companies have been able to pick up in the course of this last year.”

Baptiste said he saw plenty of reason this year to think that cities are increasingly eager to explore new technology as a means to solve problems. And there are new technologies to explore. More than 40 businesses are new to the list in 2017, representing a mix of the mature — like Cityworks, founded in 1986 — and the new — like ProudCity, which launched in 2016.

On the volatility side, one of the inaugural 100, SnapSense, failed and another, MySidewalk, lost its founder in early December. The publicly traded companies that have been serving the gov tech market for years produced mixed results in 2016. As we went to press, NIC (Nasdaq: EGOV), best known for self-funded state portals, ended the year up 29 percent while Taser (Nasdaq: TASR) slipped by about 5 percent and Tyler Technologies (NYSE: TYL) fell 17 percent for the year.

The 2017 list comes at a time of political transition after eight years of an activist Obama administration, the legacy of which includes financial and other supports for government modernization, including the General Services Administration’s 18F and the United States Digital Service, a startup at the White House. Both groups extended their reach to states and localities, which may have to look elsewhere for assistance on such matters under the new administration.

Things are looking less certain for 2017 on other fronts too. Some market-watchers have been speaking for years about the influx of cash into Silicon Valley tech ventures and wondering whether it might be too much.

“People are cautious,” said Julie Lein, managing partner of the Urban Innovation Fund. “There are a lot of people talking about the fact that there are so many growth-stage startups that haven’t had liquidity.”

Still, Lein remains bullish on the still-nascent gov tech space as the technology becomes ever more sophisticated, the challenges facing the public sector more complex, and the intention of government to address vexing problems for themselves — but not by themselves.

“I do think that for a long time when people saw challenges in their cities and communities, they expected cities or nonprofits to have solutions to those challenges,” Lein said. “I think more and more, and especially over the last decade, people are starting to create solutions for themselves.”


North Coventry Township Police Department getting new software

The North Coventry Township Police Department will soon be getting new software that will allow its officers to better communication with the public and with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

The township supervisors approved the purchase of the new software, which is a product of Crimewatch Technologies Inc., a Carlisle-based company that has been selling the software to law enforcement agencies since 2012.
The software has two components, the first of which is a new website that allows information to be shared more easily and more often.

"What we do is we push the police department into a space where they're sharing more information and become like a news outlet for their jurisdiction," said Crimewatch Technologies CEO Matt Bloom. "With people using social media nowadays, that becomes a hub for information."

North Coventry Police Chief Robert Schurr said that the new software will streamline the process of the department issuing press releases and allow officers to input their information directly into the system rather than posting on Facebook, as they do now.

"It's going to cut some steps out," Schurr said.

The software will allow updates to be posted to a variety of social media platforms automatically. Also included in the software is a mobile app that can notify residents of an emergency situation in their neighborhood.

The second component the site offers is a private system that departments can use to share information and identify patterns in crime.

"The database system breaks down the traditional jurisdictional and geographic restrictions in law enforcement," Bloom said. "It's very important as a way to help them facilitate information sharing, not only between departments locally, but also in Lancaster, Montgomery and Berks counties."

The software cost is based on the number of township citizens, which will result in North Coventry paying about $160 per month for the service for the next year, at which point the board will re-evaluate the effectiveness of the software.
Bloom said the company was also waiving a $3,600 setup fee as part of its efforts to get its software into Chester County.

He said five law enforcement agencies in Chester County have signed up for the service, and that the company is in talks with the Chester County district attorney's office in hopes of getting the software used countywide, as is done in Lancaster County.

Bloom also said the company had discussions with Montgomery County about bringing the software there as well.

Fifty-nine Pennsylvania police departments currently use the software, Bloom said.
The software, Schurr said, is expected to be implemented in the next few weeks.
Contact Matt Carey: 610-371-5038 or

Tredyffrin Police utilize Crimewatch smartphone app

By Adam Farence

TREDYFFRIN >> For over a year now, Tredyffrin’s police department has been using a special smartphone app to obtain anonymous tips from the public to find and arrest criminals with outstanding warrants.

The app, called Crimewatch, allows police officers to disseminate information about a crime, a description of the suspect, what he or she is charged with, the type of warrant issued, and a picture of the suspect if one is available.

Crimewatch CEO Matt Bloom heavily stressed the anonymity, saying it helps people reach out to the police without fear of retaliation from others who enforce the mentality “snitches get stitches.”

“There’s a need for people to safely and anonymously submit tips back to law enforcement,” he said.

Tredyffrin Police Superintendent Anthony Giaimo said “we saw it as something with huge utility.”

This app, according to Giaimo, helped police arrest Vincent Devalia, a suspect wanted by the West Chester Police Department for an alleged connection with a stabbing in West Chester in October.

Tredyffrin police put information about Devalia on the Crimewatch mobile app, and police started receiving tips which led to Devalia’s arrest.

Crimewatch also allows law enforcement to push information out on other websites and social media, such as Facebook. This further increases Crimewatch’s potential audience, and the potential of receiving a tip leading to an arrest.

Valley Township Police and Coatesville Police have also expressed interest in using Crimewatch.

Anyone using the app is not restricted to a certain area, they can look at crimes posted by any police department covered in the app.

This, according to Bloom, has helped police apprehend suspects who fled far away from the scene of the crime.

Law enforcement agencies in Lancaster County use Crimewatch as well.

“People felt so much more connected and aware,” Giaimo said. “This has filled a space previously empty.”

To contact Daily Local News staff writer Adam Farence, email, or call 610-235-2647.

By Adam Farence

Lancaster County officials launch CrimeWatch


LANCASTER, Pa. -- Lancaster County law enforcement agencies have a new way of informing the public about crime.

District Attorney Craig Stedman announced the launch of CrimeWatch at the County Courthouse Wednesday. Eighteen Lancaster County police departments are participating.

Authorities post surveillance photos and other information regarding crimes to the site. People can then use CrimeWatch to submit tips to authorities.

The online tool is free to use, and people can download the mobile app onto their phones.

"Every person that sees a suspect photo is a potential bank of information for the criminal investigator," Stedman said.  "So in a way, we're kind of deputizing every member of the community who uses CrimeWatch. We're asking them to help us help them keep their community safe."

Stedman said CrimeWatch could potentially serve as the fastest and most effective way to share information if there is a local terrorist attack.

Lancaster County DA, Police unveil online forum for information exchange with cops.

Residents of most Lancaster County municipalities can now interact directly with their police department via CrimeWatch, a digital information-sharing forum moderated by the officers themselves.

On Wednesday, District Attorney Craig Stedman announced that his office – and 18 law-enforcement agencies in the county – are up and running on CrimeWatch.

Chiefs and investigators from nearly all of those agencies were on hand for an afternoon press event where Stedman said residents can now get timely information about crime in their communities, as well as share information with those who police their towns.

Matt Bloom, founder of CrimeWatch, accompanied Stedman and the cops in announcing CrimeWatch’s mission: Provide a collaborative public-safety forum for the press, the public and the police. Surveillance photos from unsolved crimes, photos of wanted individuals are already being distribute via CrimeWatch. Terrorism alerts also will be disseminated through CrimeWatch, the DA stressed. Stedman hopes every department in the county jumps on board. And it’s all at no cost to the taxpayer. Stedman’s office provides the start-up funds from money collected in civil forfeitures – commonly, assets seized from known drug dealers. In return, residents can provide tips – anonymously, if they choose – directly to cops working the cases.

Todd Graeff, Manor Township police chief and president of the county’s Police Chiefs Association, called it “Facebook on steroids.”

Residents can find their department on

Police: Online tools more important than ever

By Andrew Forgotch
Published: November 18, 2015, 5:57 pm

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Introducing a new a crime fighting tool on Wednesday, Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman spoke about the importance technology plays in our lives.

“The simple fact is that our population receives their information and shares their information today on their cell phones,” he said.

More and more police departments are joining Facebook and they’re finding it a valuable tool, especially when more victims are uncooperative.

“Since we’ve gone more into the digital age – with the text a tip, with our Facebook page – we’ve seen an increase,” Lancaster police Lieutenant Todd Umstead said. “It’s easier.”

Police use Facebook to identify suspects and improve community relations, and they have a new tool in their Crimewatch website.

“I basically said that Crimewatch is Facebook on steroids,” Manor Township police Chief Todd Graeff said.

Through the secure, online tool, police can distribute information and get more tips. Crimewatch founder Matt Bloom said it’s a reliable tool that strengthens community relations.

“This type of engagement has helped law enforcement generate thousands of tips,” he said. “In fact, we were one of the top platforms for publicly submitted intelligence in Pennsylvania last year.”

Stedman said it’s more evidence that in the digital world, websites play a huge role in helping police.

“In a way we’re kind of deputizing every member of the community who uses Crimewatch,” he said. “We’re asking [people] to help us, help them keep their community safe.”

Police in Cumberland, Dauphin and York counties also use Crimewatch.

Lancaster County officials said they want to add a Crimewatch TV to the county courthouse.