My team of officers was hunting a wanted fugitive who wound up settling in my community. We knew the suspect had family here, so we were hopeful that surveillance would allow us to collect enough information to close this case quickly without incident. As with any case of this nature, things do not always go as planned, and we found out that no one was willing to help us get any types of leads on the suspect. It was time we had to dig deep into our resources before this suspect flew the coop.
With family in the city, we made the assumption he had to have friends or family in the local jail too. When we arrived at the jail, we did discover he had a bunch of friends behind bars, and a couple of cousins too. They were unwilling to give us any information, but that was not the only reason we raced to this particular jail. We were told by a corrections officer that Securus Technologies placed an inmate telephone monitoring system into this facility recently, and this could be the resource we needed to break the case wide open.
Securus Technologies CEO, Richard Smith, says that his employees are dedicating themselves to the goal of making the world a safe place for all to live. The company has these monitoring system in over two thousand prisons around this country, and they are key to helping officers maintain safety in and out of those facilities. The LBS software detected chatter from a cousin of our suspect, warning his family to hide our suspect because the fugitive hunters were on the call.
Despite him being told to not use the phone, his conversations gave up all the details we needed to set up a perimeter and clamp down on the suspect before he had a chance to run away.