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Police Review Protocol, Facilities After Briggs Escape

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Bozeman Police conducted an internal review and say a miscommunication between day and night shift guards was mostly responsible for the escape of 28-year-old rapist Kevin Briggs.

Chief Ron Price released the six-page review Monday, and says a day shift officer just going on duty, misheard a conversation the detectives were transporting Briggs to the Gallatin Co. Detention Center.

The day shift officer cleared himself of watching Briggs via the radio, but still placed a chair against the unlocked door of the room Briggs was being held in.

Following this, Briggs remained alone in the unlocked interview room for half an hour before surveillance footage shows Briggs looked out the door, left the room and walked out of the front entrance of the Law and Justice Center.

Price says officers commonly place a chair against the door of interview rooms so they will be altered if anyone opens the door and the chair falls to the ground.

Price says this is a systematic problem and new security options for interview rooms must be explored.

When officers discovered Briggs was missing, the chair was lying on the floor and the door was ajar.

Initially, interview rooms had a bar on the wall where handcuffs could be attached, but this technically made the rooms holding cells and the locking mechanism had to be removed.

 

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