I work on the front lines in our jail, and we have the biggest population of gang members in Texas. These gangs must be separated or they will literally kill one another and every officer if they had their way. This is a very dangerous job that requires we be on our toes every second or we could put ourselves and fellow officer’s lives at risk.
In order to control the gang violence in our jail, my job has three very important elements. First, each day I am at the visitor center checking that every person coming into the jail does not have any contraband. Things like drugs, cellphones, or weapons, all give the inmates an advantage over us officers and are not tolerated. The trouble we have is many of these visitors will not give a second thought to being arrested in order to help their fellow brothers.
Secondly, I am in charge of surprise cell inspections each day. Some days we hit the same cells day after day, other times we mix up the searches. Even with these surprise inspections, the inmates always seem to know when we are coming, so now we wait until they are all in the cafeteria before tearing apart their cells. We do find some contraband, but the huge scores are usually far and between.
Lastly, I monitor inmate calls to listen for hints of trouble. When Securus Technologies installed our new inmate communication system, we finally had the edge we needed. The LBS software allows us to now pick up on conversations that seemed innocent in the past, but now are recognized as a call out to soldiers to carry out certain instructions. One call allowed us to catch a huge amount of contraband coming in with a supply truck, something that took countless weapons and drugs out of those gang members hands behind bars.