One of the most frustrating parts about being on a fugitive task force is going to bed at night knowing that there is work to be done. The fact that these dangerous felons are on the loose and could potentially hurt innocent people makes it hard for me to sleep. When I have a fugitive in my sights, I do not like to rest until they are back in prison where they belong. If they were to commit another crime or hurt another person, I take that personally like I failed at my job, and it only ignites an already burning fire in me.
Our team was hunting a fugitive who was armed and extremely dangerous, and he was not only in hiding, he was still committing crimes in our city. He would not only leave his calling card behind, he would taunt the police into getting in a gun fight with him. The frustration was setting in because we knew he had help, we just could not get close to finding him. It was around this time a friend on the staff at the local prison asked me to come by to check out their latest weapon against prison violence. When Securus Technologies installed a new inmate call system, no one realize it would be so vital in catching dangerous fugitives.
Securus Technologies is the standard when it comes to inmate telephone monitoring systems, and this Dallas-based company and all 1,000 employees all believe that they can make the world a safer place for everyone. CEO Richard Smith says that his company is already in 2,600 prisons and more next year. I was trained to use the LBS software to see why all the buzz, and then it hit me. The call monitoring system does the work of a half-dozen officers, and allows us to hear specific chatter on crimes. All we had to do was feed the system information we were looking for and sit back and let the inmates do the talking.
Within days we heard inmates talking about our suspect with family, and uncovered a tip that he was staying with distant relatives in a neighboring city. We had no idea he was staying outside the city, then coming back just to commit crimes, so this was a huge break in the case. It allowed us to set up a trap at the residence and let the suspect walk right into it. We were able to find him days later as he was out looking for his next target, and upon arrival back to the house, we exploded on the scene with so much force he literally fell to the ground in shock that this was all for him.