There has been a law on using drones over high-security areas such as airports, prisons, and government buildings. But, the law has not stopped criminals from flying these drones over the premises to carry out illegal activities. If one follows the news, they would know that there is always a new report of drones being detected over prisons and how correctional officers were able to shot down some drones carrying illegal goods meant for inmates. But, it is just the tip of the iceberg. Prison officials are not equipped or trained to spot these drones that can fly at several heights without being seen. The operator can manage the drone from far off. It means that even with a thorough search of the prison perimeters, the person operating the drone might never be caught.
Drones are more than just a tool for smuggling. If they are left to be operated by the criminals for smuggling things inside the prisons, there will be a time when it can turn violent quite quickly. Most of the modern drones are created to carry a weight of anything from 20 to 30 pounds. Thus, these drones can be utilized to smuggle bombs and guns for the inmates. Once they have their hands on these weapons, the prison officials would have a difficult time bringing things under control. Thus, the time has come to install high-end systems that would allow the prison officials to detect these drones easily and also stop them at any time of the day and night without any delay.
The usage of weapons and drugs has been increasing in many of the correctional facilities across the United States. Even though there are numerous security measures and checks in places, the inmates are somehow managing to get their hands on these illegal contraband items. It is due to the increasing use of drones in the recent times. The drones are small devices that fly along with the package that needs to be transported, and once the drones are at the precise location that the inmates are informed about earlier, it drops the container in a sly fashion. The inmates carry the package that has been dropped, and the correctional officers are not able to detect such operations that hardly take a few seconds to complete.
The drones fly in the air and as the corrections’ area is spread through acres of land; it is not possible for the corrections officers to be present everywhere at every time. The drones survey the area, and after carefully ensuring that no law enforcement officer is current, it drops the contraband supplies. However, now with the drone detection technology installed in the correctional facilities, the presence of drones near the correctional facilities would be immediately notified to the corrections officers. They would shot down the drone and confiscate any contraband supplies it would be carrying.
I work as a full-time corrections officer in perhaps the most dangerous prison in this country. There is not a day that goes by that my life is not in danger, and many times it happens more than once each day. When you are outnumbered by inmates who can get access to drugs and weapons, the threat is real that you may not be walking home that night. For these reasons and more, my team has developed a few ways to try and keep the peace inside my jail.
The reason it is so important that we keep the inmates from getting any type of illegal contraband is because they are not just putting my officers in harm’s way. An inmate who has a weapon or is high on heroin, could potentially hurt a guard, another inmate, a contractor in the jail, or visitors. We try to stop drugs and weapons getting into the visitor center, into the inmate cells, and we d it in a number of ways. Cell inspections usually yield things that made it into the jail already, my hopes was the new Securus Technologies monitoring system would help us stop things from getting to the jail.
Securus Technologies placed our inmate telephone monitoring system in the jail recently, and it is fast becoming a tool that is invaluable in the quest to keep things from getting to the inmates. The company has these systems in a few thousand jails, and despite there being 1,000 employees of the company, they all are working towards the objective of making the world safer for us.
The LBS software can detect when inmates are planning to get family to smuggle drugs into the visitor center, how inmates are making weapons, and where the contraband is being hidden inside the jail.
Securus Technologies has always paid attention to customers’ needs in the creation of innovative inmate communication technologies. The company also values feedback regarding its services and products from clients. Securus Technologies invited lenders and facilities to visit its technology center. The company recently released a series of customer comments on the role of technology in combating crime.
Securus Technologies received clients’ comments in the form of emails and formal letters. Jail and prison officers based in state and federal correctional facilities sent the feedback. According to Rick Smith, Securus’ CEO and board chairperson, the company usually releases a new product on a weekly basis to assist correctional officers and law enforcers in combating crimes.
Selected Facility Comments
One client pointed out that courtesy of Securus’ investigation tools, information was extracted from the phone of a corrupt staff member and was used in obtaining a search warrant. A client noted that through phone call monitoring, correctional officers were able to discover alcohol use and drug trafficking in a correctional facility.
A correctional facility officer also spoke about how Securus’ products focus on revolutionizing the incarceration environment. The officer mentioned that Securus enables correctional facilities in the U.S. to improve their public safety strategies.
About Securus Technologies
As one of the leading inmate communications providers in the U.S., Securus Technologies specializes in diverse services. These include incident management, biometric analysis, information management, and inmate self-service solutions. Securus’ mission is to make the world a better place through the provision of innovative solutions.
Securus Technologies has a client base of over 3,450 law enforcement, corrections, and public safety agencies. The company is based Dallas, Texas. It also excels in the provision of civil and criminal justice technology-oriented solutions. Through its certified and talented technicians, Securus has delivered unique technological products and systems to the corrections market.