A while back, community police would walk the streets of their neighborhoods getting to know everyone. When an issue arose, the call box would ring and the officer on patrol would be nearby to help.
Over time, officers have been required to cover more ground. They found themselves in cars-turned-mobile-offices, demanded to do more paperwork, leaving less time to get to know the people in the communities they're expected to protect and serve.
Technology driving more "efficient" policing is built on systems built using dated, unstable technology. Dispatch systems go down. Data is locked up and hardly real-time. The only way to handle more calls is with more phone lines and more people. Somewhere along the way we lost that the best policing comes from personal connections.
We're here to help build a better approach. The Relay platform is creating a space for community safety to thrive again.
Who We Are
Relay is a group of experts from a variety of fields who believe that public safety deserves better technology, and that enabling direct, real-time collaboration between neighbors and public safety officials leads not only to safer communities, but makes us proud to live and work where we do.
We came together around a single police chief's idea to better connect his officers with the community he's sworn to protect, with a modern take on the old call box. Ed Gebhart is still advising the Relay Team today, and helps round out the expertise we all bring to the table.
What We Believe
The tools you use need to match the caliber of work you do every day. You need to be able to trust your equipment just like you trust your fellow first responders. With this in mind, we build for stability, scale, and ensure our systems are working in real-time.