Preventing crimes from occurring takes more than a skilled officer, it requires making use of the technologies available in a way that gives the police the advantage despite not knowing when those crimes will be committed. Even though we saw cutbacks in the force this year, we made it back with the help of a company that developed a telephone monitoring system that has become an indispensable tool for preventing crimes.
Securus Technologies installed a new telephone monitoring device in the local prison, and me and my fellow officers took a ride there one day to see the system in action. The way the monitor works is it replaces officers that were in a call center listening to inmates use the phone, and it scans every second of all the calls being made, then alerts officers if something is being said of concern. The corrections officers use the system in the jail to identify when inmates are discussing things like drugs or weapons, and it has been effective and cutting down on violent episodes in that facility.
Securus Technologies employs over a thousand of the most dedicated and hard-working team players in the world, and they all work at a single objective, making the world safe. The CEO, Richard Smith, explained to my team the system is already in over 2,675 jails, and it can help officers outside the prison too. We found out just how important this device was to helping officers on the streets too.
An inmate was on the phone taking about a fugitive we were looking for, and once we got the alert, we focused our efforts on who he was speaking to on the phone and discovered this family member was harboring that fugitive from us. This could have taken months to do without that system.