I am a police officer in one of the most dangerous and crowded cities in the country. The gang presence in our city has escalated in recent years, and this has been the focus of my efforts in the last few years. The gangs are getting more daring and violent, and many times their activities are affecting the lives of innocent people who just want to live a peaceful live in their community.
To try and control the violence, we have to go after the high-ranking gang members who seem to be protected by the soldiers. Even the top gang members that are in jail still are able to rule the streets from the phones. In the past, we would use the inmate call system to try and monitor and take action, but these gang members have their own language and codes that were making it challenging to get ahead of the violence.
Things took a huge change for the better for our residents when the jail installed a new inmate call system by Securus Technologies. Me and my fellow officers were trained to use the LBS software and decided to spend a day monitoring calls to see if we could put a dent in the illegal activities these gangs were involved with each day throughout the city. It wasn’t long before the Securus Technologies system alerted us to chatter between a top gang member in jail and one of his associates on the street.
We discovered that the gangs were helpless and disorganized without daily updates from the top members in jail. We decided rather than stop the calls, we would simply arrive to the locations were drug deals, weapons deals, and other activities were scheduled to take place, and arrest the parties instead. Each time orders were given, we were able to stop the order and frustrate the gangs.