The Montana Highway Patrol began its move from its longtime Helena headquarters to its new home in Boulder this week, marking what Sgt. Jay Nelson called “a historic moment” for the law enforcement agency.
The move marks the end of an era for MHP. The rented space at 2550 Prospect Avenue has been the home of MHP since 1996, and the organization has been headquartered in Helena since its inception 86 years ago.
“I started my career in that old building. I went there for my interview,” Nelson said. “It’s a change, but at the same time it’s a breath of fresh air.”
The 48-acre facility in Boulder is the former home of the Montana Developmental Center, but has gone largely unused since 2018. The MDC was founded back in 1893 and up until 2018 served around 50 individuals and employed 250. The only individuals still using the facility are 11 who are served by the Intensive Behavior Center, which the Department of Public Health and Human Services says are unable to be served safely in Montana’s communities.