All of the television shows get police life wrong. They run all of these police shows highlighting how exciting criminal justice is. Cops are always chasing criminals down the streets, always pulling their guns on suspects and always enjoying the “gotcha moment”. There is always that gotcha moment turning point where the police officer gathers that critical piece of information guaranteed to put the criminal away.
Unfortunately, police life seems much more mundane than that. Most of law enforcement is filling out paperwork, running routine traffic stops and figure out where to eat for lunch. But every once in a while there is a real life gotcha moment. It is a beautiful thing to behold.
The very best gotcha moments often involve recordings. These recordings often capture a confession by the criminal or suspect and the recording is made without that individual’s knowledge. Some of these recordings are done under cover while others are done out in the open by a prison telecommunication company named Securus.
Securus Technologies is a multi-million-dollar telecommunications company that exclusively does business with state governments. They focus on prisons and jails, providing all telecommunications services to a particular prison facility after securing a government contract.
Since every single prisoner inside of that facility must make a phone call through this telecommunications company, Securus is able to record every single phone conversation. They then serve these phone conversations on a silver platter to police officers by supplying them with a software program that can search the database virtually instantly. It is so easy to use that it can pull up every single phone call a particular person has made.
This has given law enforcement plenty of gotcha moments. They can often prevent crimes happening inside of a prison because of recorded information found in these telephone calls.