Once a convict escapes from jail, everyone is in danger because there is no telling what lengths this person will go to stay free. If this suspect is not apprehended in the first 24 hours, the chances of getting him back in jail decreases dramatically. I am on the force and we are responsible for rounding up escaped convicts quickly. Once the 48 hour deadline passes and we still do not have our suspect, we switch our approach and widen the search area.
During these investigations, I have to rely on a number of resources to try and get the suspect into custody. Most of the time, if I put out a big enough reward for information, those close to the suspect will come forward. If this does not work, we can monitor the communications between this suspect and his family or close network of friends. This can be a real challenge because the suspect knows he is hot right now and will usually lay low for a few weeks.
If the suspect is working alone, the public is in great danger because he needs to have food, money, and transportation, and he will do whatever it takes to get those items quickly. During our last chase, a fellow officer told me about Securus Technologies and how their communication and software has been effective and bringing certain suspects into custody.
The team trained me on the LBS software, and we put it to use right away. It was using the software that we discovered the suspect was not only talking with a family member, he was staying right under our noses. We set a trap and the suspect walked right into it, allowing us to take him to custody and off the streets where he put all our lives at risk.