When my team of fugitive hunters got the call of a violent gang member who was robbing cab drivers at gun point, we took action that day. It was getting to the point that the cab drivers were afraid to travel in one area of our city, hurting their business and the ability of residents to be able to travel freely to different parts of the city. The reason we got the call was because the last drive was shot and injured, and our superiors wanted it stopped immediately.
We had a description on the suspect, and we knew he was affiliated with a local gang based on his tattoos. The trouble we have in these cases involving gang members is that they will protect their own, and the residents of the community will not talk for fear of retribution from the gangs. This means that we have to take action and figure out how to close in on the suspect quickly before he has the chance to hurt someone.
We know there is a huge population of gang members in our local prison, and we know the officers in that jail utilize Securus Technologies to monitor all calls inside made by inmates. The company has 2,600 of those call monitoring systems in jails around the country, allowing officers to tighten security and help prevent crimes too. We first let the inmates know who we needed information on, then we waited as the LBS software scanned the calls.
I knew the gang members in jail would be running to the phones to warn their brother, and it was one new gang member who said more than he should have over the phone. By calling his sister to warn her boyfriend, we now had a location and suspect to stake out. We had the fugitive in custody, thanks to Securus Technologies, the following day.