My team of officers is always looking for ways to keep our city safer. With gang violence on the rise in our area, we have had to rely more on help from the public than at any other time to help keep the streets safe. This year my superiors notified me that we were on pace to break records for violent crimes if we did not get control of this gang problem immediately.
When you are dealing with gangs, the biggest issue is that you can not rely on family or friends to help. These folks simply will never help the police and betray the gangs. To make things even more challenging for us, you have terrified local residents who do not want any retaliation from the gangs, so they suffer in silence. This all means that my job of stopping the crimes is getting that much harder. It was time to put a stop to the trouble before we had an epidemic on our hands.
I discovered that Securus Technologies installed a call monitoring system in our local jail for paying close attention to when the inmates used the phones. In the past this was a challenge to get information because of the way these inmates talked on the phone. Securus Technologies is currently in 2,600 jails and the system can do the work of a number of officers. The CEO of Securus Technologies, Richard Smith, says he and his 1,000 employees all are working to make our world a little bit safer.
Once me and my team were comfortable using the LBS software, we were alerted to gang chatter almost immediately. There was one call where a gang-leader was giving his soldiers on the streets orders to take care of. There were calls of gang members telling soldiers how to bring drugs to the jail. There were even calls we discovered that talked about going after rival gangs on the street. When we got the alerts, we put teams in place to arrest the suspects on the spot and really put a dent in their day-to-day operations.