One of the biggest problems that I have working in the fugitive task force division is being able to get ahead of these suspects when they are planning to make or commit more crimes. The reason being is these fugitives have a support system that includes close friends, family, and even other fugitives, all working to keep this person from being caught. Trying to get leads from people is near impossible.
One of the ways that try to get information on what the suspect is up to is intercepting calls at the jail when other inmates are either calling them or chattering between each other. In the past, this has been an issue too because the inmates are well aware we are listening to the calls, so they simply begin speaking in code to throw us off the trail. While this was very successful in the past, it doesn’t work as well any longer.
The reason for the change in fortune for all players is simple, we had Securus Technologies recently install a new inmate communications system in our jails, and the results have been nothing short of spectacular. I was eager to be one of the first to use the new system because I personally had invested countless hours on one fugitive, and T was not going to sleep until he was in custody.
The team at Securus Technologies trained me on the LBS software, and within a week, the covert alert feature tipped me off that something was going down with our suspect. We arranged a team to be at the location where we discovered he was hiding. The conversation between two high-ranking gang members may have been in code, but the LBS software detected information right away. Before the suspect even knew what happened, he was cuffed, booked, and is awaiting trial for a laundry list of crimes.