I am assigned to a task force that is responsible for catching suspects who have either jumped bail or escaped from prison. This year we had a very serious problem on our hands when a suspected killer made bail and skipped town. We had a team on the case quickly, but we feared this suspect was long gone by the time we got our first lead.
One of the things we know in law enforcement is that these suspects can not get far without help. They need money, food, and transportation, and either they will get help or they are going to leave a trail we can follow. I suspected that this person was coming back to the area because he had a very close connection with his parents who were not willing to help us.
Around this time, I was called to the local jail to undergo some training on a new system that Securus Technologies had just installed. This communication system had a covert alert feature that was the missing piece of the puzzle that we needed. Luckily, around this time we got a lead the suspect was leaving Mexico and coming back to the area. We had a day to get the plan in place.
With the help of the covert alert feature, we were alerted the suspect and his family were communicating and meeting at a hotel room on the other side of town. We knew this suspect was extremely dangerous and would have no trouble hurting others, so we were able to secure the hotel and stage a scene that caught the suspect off-guard.
When we told the guests they needed to evacuate because of a fire, thanks to the covert alert feature, we took the suspect in without any incident and he is serving his life sentence today.