The Constitution of the United States is one of the most well-written documents on planet earth. Inside the Bill of Rights, the Constitution affords American citizens certain protections against their own government. These protections are designed to promote a vibrant democracy and deter unfair treatment of citizens by the government. And while these protections are critical, they can also help criminals get away with committing crimes.
If you get pulled over in Australia, the police officer can search your vehicle without cause. But here in the United States police officers need cause because of the protections of the fourth amendment. These roadblocks, while in important part of American society, can trip up law enforcement investigating crimes.
This is why I love to see the latest technological innovation from Securus Technologies. Securus Technologies is a telecommunications company that only provides services to jails. Every single telephone within those jails is serviced by this company. The company takes advantage of the situation by recording every single phone call and logging that digital information onto a massive hard drive.
The company then allows law enforcement officers to probe the hard drive for critical information when investigating crimes. They even assist law enforcement officers with the software program that can search the entire database for particular words, phrases or a single person’s voice.
Imagine the amount of information that can be culled from this huge database. Little nuggets of information buried deep within recorded telephone calls can help law enforcement officers secure search warrants, extended investigations into cold cases and produce arrest warrants. And best of all, they get to extend these investigations because the criminals themselves messed up. There is no better concrete information about criminal activities then the word of the criminal himself. Securus Technologies is helping law enforcement officers pursue crimes while respecting the Constitution.