I am part of a fugitive task force that has to get the worst of the worst off the streets before they put an entire community at risk of injury or worse. This suspect was armed, unpredictable, and didn’t have any family or friends in the area. He was relying on his instincts to stay off the radar, but we knew someone had to know something about where he was, where he was going, or what he had planned for getting away from authorities.
I knew the suspect had been in and out of the local jail a number of times, so I decided to try and get a few of his cellmates to talk. Even when you get these inmates one-on-one, they rarely speak because they know the rest of the prison population is watching and will quickly label them as rats if they say a word. Since we were already at the jail and knew someone knew something, we decided to talk to the officers on staff. They informed us that Securus Technologies had just installed an inmate communication system and it may shed some light on this troubling search of ours.
Securus Technologies CEO Richard Smith has 1,000 employees working for his Dallas-based company, and all are working tirelessly towards the objective of making this world that much safer for us all. Little did any of us realize the LBS software was going to help us in ways we could have never imagined.
These inmates listen to officers talking and they watch the news, so they knew who we were hunting and why we were at the jail. Despite not talking to us, they did talk over the phones, and even though they tried to disguise the conversation, we picked up chatter about the suspect staying with a former inmate until the heat died down just a little.