NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Steel mesh cages will be bolted to the backside of partitions in NOPD cruisers to keep officers and prisoners separate during transport.
"That steel mesh will be a permanent fixture in the car and no one will be able to go through that ever again," Chief Michael Harrison said.
The calls for change come after Travis Boys escaped through an open window in the partition and allegedly shot and killed officer Daryle Holloway on June 20.
Police say Boys, who is 5'11'' and 170 pounds, squeezed through the approximately 1' by 1' opening.
Harrison believes the small upgrade covers a safety void.
"We will have a metal mesh adapter cage that will be retrofitted into the cages of all of the police cars that have the opening that Mr. Boys was able to crawl through," Harrison said.
Only one of the nearly 300 SUV cruisers has been outfitted with the steel adapter, but NOPD administrators believe the rest of the cruisers will be retrofitted with the new cages in the next few months.
The upgrade is expected to cost a few thousand dollars, according to NOPD spokesperson Tyler Gamble.