When it comes to protecting our citizens, my job as a fugitive hunter is keeping the streets as safe as possible by getting those who cause harm in jail where they belong. We had a really troublesome situation with a fugitive on the loose in our town, and it was about to get worse if he was not located and brought to justice soon. Already convicted of three violent crimes, his escape from custody had an entire nation on edge. Unless we could locate this suspect quickly, he put anyone he comes in contact with in severe danger because he already made it known he was not going to jail without a fight.
One of the first things that I do when hunting fugitives is return to the jail they escaped to collect information from eyewitnesses. This can be difficult considering no inmate will openly talk to the police for fear they will become a target of violence. Even those who have a beef with the suspect are approached in jail, they would rather spend more time in jail than help the authorities. If they are even suspected of talking to the police, not only are they labeled rats, they become the targets of violence in jail for the rest of their time behind bars.
When the corrections officers on duty that day in the prison told me Securus Technologies recently installed a new inmate call system, I wanted to learn more. This company is at the forefront of this industry, already in over 2,000 prisons, the CEO Rick Smith and his 1,000 employees all share the belief that they are going to make the world safer for us all. That was the kind of backing we need when we are in a search for someone who could potentially destroy a life without the lightest regard. Every hour he was on the streets was putting a community in harm’s way.
Once I knew who installed the system, I wanted to dive in and learn about the LBS software immediately. This system can do the work of a dozen officers, working around the clock to monitor call made by the inmates and decipher the communications dependent on key phrases or words. It wasn’t long after I leaned how the system works that I began hearing chatter from inmates bout our suspect.
It winds up that one inmate in particular had very close ties to our fugitive, and his inquires to his family over the phone only helped us to go in a new direction and eventually right to the door where the suspect was hiding. We attacked with excessive force so the suspect had no idea what to do but surrender.