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Bozeman Police designing proposed new building based on lessons from when Kevin Briggs walked out February 1, 2014. Bozeman Police designing proposed new building based on lessons from when Kevin Briggs walked out February 1, 2014.
BOZEMAN - The Bozeman Police Department made several changes to prevent people from escaping from the police station in the Gallatin County Law and Justice Center after a convicted rapist walked out February 1.

Those changes will be carried over to a proposed new facility

The Bozeman Police Department works on drafting plans for a proposed new facility to meet the needs of the growing police department.

Bozeman Police Chief Ron Price said they are taking what they learned from when Kevin Briggs walked out of an unsecured interview room February 1 and putting that into the future facility.

“The security components of the interview room and a detention, a holding slash detention area for juveniles; all of those have been dialed into that building,” Price said.

The interview rooms for the Bozeman Police Department and the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department are currently next to the main entrance to the departments in the Law and Justice Center.

Documents show Briggs was left unattended for about a half-hour with a chair propped up against the door that would serve as an alarm if anyone were to leave the room.

Price said some officers have been working with architects to design a new facility that would go where the Montana of Department of Transportation currently sits along Rouse.

“The officers that were involved in the process did a great job in keeping those things in mind in all the work spaces, including the interview room,” Price said.

Price said he expects the plans to be finalized in the next two to three months.

Until then, windows have been installed in the three interview rooms in the Law and Justice Center and a custody change form will work to prevent someone from leaving.

“You can take the steps that are appropriate and recognize the risks that are there and work toward complete and total safety,” Price said.

Before the new municipal law and justice center can be built, voters must approve a bond to pay for it.

The bond for the new municipal Law and Justice Center will be on the November ballot.

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