Me and my fellow officers have a number of ways that we work to prevent crimes in our city. The power of the local informants can not be underestimated, they are able to feed us information that is critical in keeping fugitives from doing things that will put residents in danger. The problem is when we are dealing with a suspect like a gang member who has no family, informants are too terrified to try and come forward.
This month we were chasing a fugitive who was committing robberies at gunpoint, and hiding within the network of safe houses provided by the gangs. Each time my team was closing in, his gang would call in false reports to have us chasing our tails. If we didn’t take charge of the situation fast, we were going to wind up with a situation where someone was going to get seriously injured or killed at the next robbery.
In an effort to get control of this situation, we took the team to the local prison to try to get a few inmates to help. Knowing they would not talk directly to us for fear of being labeled a snitch, we did know they would run to the phones to get to their friends or family. That was exactly what happened, and the Securus Technologies monitoring system was able to pick up any conversations pertaining to our suspect.
The Securus Technologies call monitoring system is in 2,600 jails, and the CEO of the company says his team of thousand employees are committed to making the world safe. We were able to use the system to pick up when a lower level gang member hit the phones to warn his cousin to tell our suspect to stay out of sight for a few days. We used that conversation to connect the dots and locate that fugitive very quickly.