We have done a thorough search of the market to find the most efficient, highest quality equipment available. We have radio frequency (RF) house-arrest equipment, GPS equipment and Alcohol detection equipment. SOS covers the state of Arkansas with almost any type of ankle bracelet monitoring available.
The RF equipment consists of a hypo-allergenic bracelet and a base unit receiver. This unit is excellent for juveniles or adults that are under house-arrest and need monitoring to assure that they are complying with court orders to remain home. The offender is fitted with the non-removable, tamper-resistant ankle transmitter. This transmits signals to the home-based receiver attached to the landline phone in the residence. There is constant communication between the receiver and the monitoring center via the landline phone. The transmitter communicates with the receiver via radio frequency.
All RF units are designed to work in conjunction with a landline house phone. In homes where there is not a landline installed, SOS has the ability to supply a landline for use with the unit (Hardline). All reputable RF systems have an emergency back-up system (download or passive systems) designed to prevent loss of information during phone line interruptions. Unfortunately, some monitoring companies use this emergency back-up system to create a method of monitoring home units in homes without phones. This is not the purpose of this back-up system. The information gathered using this process is unreliable and can be easily manipulated. SOS never compromises the integrity of the information by relying on anything but real-time data.
We have been working with BI, Inc. for many years and have found that they supply the best equipment and the highest caliber of technical support available in the industry. BI is an aggressive innovator in electronic monitoring and they are constantly updating and improving their equipment. These tested improvements are then implemented throughout BI’s network.
Over the past five years, there has been an outcry for a secure method of tracking more serious offenders across vast areas. SOS has tested several different types of units and has found that the single unit is the best available. The unit consists of the ankle bracelet worn by the offender and a battery charger. The bracelet is tracked by up to 8 satellites at a time and transmits data via cell signal to the monitoring center. No phone service is required at the offender’s residence.
SOS offers the most reliable and accurate GPS offender monitoring equipment. Our innovative and responsive public safety tools and services help law enforcement officers enforce accountability and compliance on offenders in alternative sentencing programs.
Cell phone signal strength varies depending on location, geographic area and cell phone company. With this in mind, SOS has researched and utilized different providers of the GPS service according the areas of the state best-suited for that equipment.
The Fort Smith Police Department is one of the participating members of OCIC. OCIC is a GPS offender tracking network connecting law enforcement agencies that was developed by and exclusively offered by SOS. FSPD has the ability to track offenders in their jurisdiction as well as offenders from across Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma and correlate their locations with crime scenes.
Our Domestic Violence Division has direct access to OCIC and tracks the movement of offenders with real-time GPS, and can correlate this with the locations of the victims. Our Narcotics Division can track offenders to known local narcotic hot spots as well as develop new locations, both local and out of the area.
In some cases, the FSPD even pays the monitoring fee of court selected individuals to bew placed on the OCIC system which cuts costs to the city and reduces the population of the jail.
98% of criminal activity is perpetrated by 3% of the population. We deal with the same people over and over, and the more of the people we have on our OCIC network, the better the possibility of solving, and in some domestic violence caswes preventing those events.
In Blytheville, an armed robbery was solved. In Lonoke, a case was solved where a backhoe was recovered and the offender was arrested.
In Paragould, witnesses were developed in a bank robbery. In Hope, a home invasion and assault of an 87 year old woman was solved. This case had no suspects until a report was generated from the OCIC website that correlated the location of the offender to this location.
FSPD requests that all persons released on electronic monitoring be placed on the OCIC Program so that they can be tracked directly by us.