As part of a very busy fugitive task force in the state, we have had to really up our game recently as the crime has become more violent. With the spread of gangs reaching further than ever before, these soldiers who used to only attack one another are now getting innocent civilians injured with all their violence. What we have discovered is that most of the violent outbreaks do not happen randomly with gangs, they have to get the order from the top players in that gang, something we have been working on to eradicate.
The trouble with gang violence is that if you cut the head off this snake, it simply grows back as the next in power takes over. Even with tougher laws, these violent criminals will call the shots from the jail if they have to, and we have always found ourselves in reaction mode instead of getting ahead of the problem. This was all about to change this year when the prison system we work at was going to have Securus Technologies install a newer inmate telephone call system.
Our prison has come to trust Securus Technologies and their CEO Richard Smith because for years he and his thousand employees are all committed to making the world a safer place for us all. This Dallas-based company already has system working in 2,500+ prisons around the country, and it was our turn to turn the tides on the gangs and their violence in our city. I knew we were going to be able to utilize the system because the team kept telling us that the software could do the work of a dozen officers, allowing us to spread out our team in areas that needed more attention.
I needed to be trained on the LBS software, and it was a real eye-opener once I learned how it identifies unique conversations between inmates and callers on the phone. Our team picked up chatter from gang leaders in jail giving street soldiers orders, who to target, where drugs were being picked up, all helping us to finally get ahead of this situation. This is very important because the inmates are not going to talk to us on their own, and even though they know we are on the calls, they either slip up or think they are too smart.
Through the efforts of using the call monitoring system, we have made a substantial dent in the efforts of the inmates getting contraband into the jail.