Of all the tools my team of officers has to combat crime, the most effective comes from a source many don’t even know about. In the past, me and my team would have to rely on activities the criminals had already done, leaving us to simply be in reaction mode all the time. That will give criminals an advantage that allows them the opportunity to continue to think they could get away with just about anything.
Things changed for my team when we discovered Securus Technologies was installing their renowned inmate call monitoring system in our local prison. The way the system works is that software now scans all the calls inmates make on the phone, and every second of every call is checked for any type of verbiage. The company has this system in thousands of jail in every corner of this country, and each employee works towards a single objective of making the world safer for all.
If we are trying to locate a fugitive or deal with a rash of bank robberies, that information is used so the LBS software can alert my team when conversations are going on about these subjects. When we knew that a local suspect was breaking into high-end homes, it wasn’t until the LBS software detected chatter by his partner who was in jail on an unrelated charge that we got a lead.
A conversation was picked up where our suspect was being mentioned by name, and it gave us a new lead to a person who was partnering with our suspect in new burglaries. By watching this new person of interest, we were able to catch both involved in a crime that linked them to a string of similar crimes that were unsolved to this point.