One of the most frustrating things about being in law enforcement is seeing criminals walk out of the courts and the jails on technicalities. If the evidence is not rock-solid these days, high-priced lawyers find loopholes and get their suspects out the doors and back on the streets to do what they have been doing all along. My job is finding that evidence and slamming the cell door shut.
What we were dealing with this month was a suspect who was caught red-handed at a crime scene, but due to a technicality, his confession was tossed and he was looking at walking instead of doing several decades in jail. The evidence was hard to come by, and nothing short of the suspect telling the court that he did do it was going to get the conviction we all wanted. This suspect was loving the fact he was able to throw this in our faces, and he took every opportunity to make sure we got that message. He thought he was simply getting under our skin, he had no idea that he was actually lighting a fire that would eventually turn to an inferno.
The jail where I was hoping our suspect would stay has the Securus Technologies inmate call monitoring system installed, and each inmate already knows we are on the lines listening to when they talk. Securus Technologies has 2,500 of these monitoring systems installed in jails around the country, and both CEO Rick Smith and all his 1,000 employees are committed to making this planet that much safer for us all. This was going to be the piece of the puzzle that would help us to close the gap and to really put the heat on our suspect before he was able to slip between the cracks and never be heard of again. For me and my team, it was no personal.
So as this criminal case was winding down, we knew the suspect was going to take the stand, as well as his family. Knowing he was in the home stretch, this suspect either relaxed too much or forgot, but he began coaching his family that were still in jail on what to say at trial. He was pointing out things only the person who committed the crimes would have known, and everything said over the phone was later used to seal his fate and keep him where he belonged.