August 18, 2015, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, Kansas City.
Commissioner Alvin L. Brooks, President
Commissioner Michael C. Rader, Vice President
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt, Treasurer
Commissioner Leland M. Shurin, Member
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr., Member
Darryl Forté, Chief of Police
Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney
This meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m. by Commissioner Brooks. Commissioner Brooks gave the invocation.
- Awards and Commendations.
A Certification of Appreciation was awarded to Jeff Gardner for his outstanding assistance to the KCPD. In his position as Incident Management Coordinator, with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) the police department relies on his hands-on approach to making roads safer. He helps to coordinate police, fire, and motorist assist. Since becoming the Incident Management Coordinator, he hosts regular after-action meetings in the weeks following major incidents with the goal of improving safety in the future. MoDOT recently donated portable crime scene barriers to KCPD Accident Investigation Section to use at crash scenes.
A Certificate of Commendation was awarded to Sergeant Robert Gibbs for exceptional police action. While driving home from his off-duty job in his personal vehicle, he witnessed an armed robbery in progress at 31st and Tracy. Two suspects were robbing the victim at gunpoint. Sgt. Gibbs requested on-duty officers to respond to the area. The suspects fled in their car. An officer driving a patrol wagon caught up with the suspect and attempted to stop it. Sgt. Gibbs caught up to the patrol wagon in his personal vehicle and both officers ordered the suspects to the ground and the other officers who arrived at the scene took them into custody. A search of the suspect vehicle revealed a handgun and items taken during the robbery. The Robbery Unit investigated and learned that these suspects were responsible for at least two other robberies and the suspects confessed to three.
Officer Samantha Parkhurst received the Lifesaving Award for her commendable actions on September 18, 2014, where she saved an infant boy who stopped breathing. Upon arrival at the home of the infant, the father was performing CPR. Officer Parkhurst began chest compressions while the father continued giving the baby rescue breaths. The baby made a full recovery.
Sergeant Timothy Riepe and former Sergeant Jim Carmody received the Meritorious Service Award for their initiative, tenacity, and expertise in the development of a project. During a period of civil unrest in St. Louis, the sergeants realized that it had been nearly seven years since department-wide field-force training had been conducted, and new technology (tasers, bean bag shotguns, and patrol rifles) had been implemented since then. Sergeants Riepe and Carmody reviewed policies and guidelines and quickly developed a three hour course for SPD officers. Other divisions also participated in the training.
The Board took a recess at 10:17 a.m. and resumed at 10:22 a.m.
- City Manager’s Office. Ms. Kate Bender and Ms. Julie Steenson, with the City Manager’s Office, presented the Citizen’s Satisfaction Survey. Ms. Bender advised that the survey results are available on the City’s website.
Ms. Bender said a random sample of 9,000 households was selected to receive the survey. Approximately 4,000 responses were received. She said that under the category entitled “satisfaction with categories of city services”, the police department showed a three percent increase. Following is a list of police services that received a statistically significant increase on the survey: 1) City’s overall efforts to prevent crime, 2) Effectiveness of local police protection, 3) How quickly police respond to emergencies, 4) Enforcement of local traffic laws, and 4) Parking enforcement services. Only one item, visibility of police in neighborhoods, was down by three percent, however, Ms. Bender said this is consistent with the 2012-13 level of satisfaction.
Ms. Bender said that those who reported they had been victims of crime had a lower satisfaction rate with the category of “effectiveness of police protection” than those who had not been victimized. She said these results were similar to the category of “efforts to prevent crime.”
Ms. Bender said for next year’s survey, they have added the question, “Have you had contact with a KCPD officer?”
In the category of “how safe you feel in your neighborhood by income” the results showed that as household income increased, satisfaction increases.
Commissioner Rader thanked Ms. Bender for her presentation and had a question about the level of dissatisfaction shown on the maps. She said the levels of dissatisfaction are not necessarily shown on the maps because there are no pockets of the city where dissatisfaction is the norm.
Commissioner Brooks asked if the same instrument was used to determine the overall satisfaction of police services benchmark across the nine other cities listed on the survey. Ms. Bender said, yes, all of the cities use the same questions and the same scale.
Commissioner Brooks introduced Commissioner Leland Shurin and welcomed him to the Board.
- City Architect’s report.
Mr. Eric Bosch said tours of EPD have been set up for this week for the Commissioners. He said EPD is moving along quickly with a lot of work taking place inside, with painting, carpeting, and ceilings. Outdoors, sidewalks are going in and barriers and fences are being removed.
With regard to the new NPD, construction bids were opened on July 13, 2015, and on July 27, 2015, Mr. Bosch made a recommendation to accept the bid from Turner Construction. Next month this contract will come to the Board for approval. Permanent electrical power is being installed at the site now, which will help move things along once the contractor begins work there. With regard to the MBE/WBE goals, Turner Construction exceeded the goals with 20 percent for MBE and 10 percent for WBE.
Mr. Bosch said the City sold the old Agnes building that was used by the police department for many years. He said the buildings that house the old NPD and crime lab will also be listed for sale.
Commissioner Brooks asked how many bids came in for the new NPD? Mr. Bosch said two, Turner Construction and Crossland Construction.
- Approval of minutes.
With regard to the July 21, 2015, minutes, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt requested minor corrections to page 6, 9, and 10.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Commissioner Rader, to approve the minutes of the July 21, 2015, as amended. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
- Chief Darryl Forté. Chief Forté discussed the death of Officer Charles Williams and said the police department is working with the family to write his obituary and make arrangements. Commissioner Brooks asked for a moment of silence for Officer Williams and his family.
Chief Forté welcomed Commissioner Shurin and Deputy Chief David Zimmerman.
The Chief said he has asked all of the Community Interaction Officers to contact business owners of gun dealers and pharmacies to help them develop a security plan. The Chief said drug sales have gone up in areas of the country that have experienced civil unrest. Pharmacies and gun dealers were targeted during these periods of unrest.
Chief Forté said that on August 22, 2015, the police department will hold information sharing meetings at senior citizen complexes. These meetings will be held at St. James Place and at The Woodlands. Personnel from the Economic Crimes Section will discuss crimes that can impact the older population.
Chief Forté said Governor Nixon came to KCPD headquarters last week and gave a speech about the review of police tactics, fair and impartial policing, and police officer wellness. The Chief said this department already has these things in place and the Department of Public Safety and POST Commission have contacted the Chief to get information about our programs to replicate in other Missouri cities. The Governor mentioned that there has been no changes to the POST (peace officer standards training) since 1996.
Chief Forté said he has met with each person on the Sergeant’s list and will meet with everyone on the Captain’s list beginning next week.
Chief Forté noted that following the retirement of Deputy Chief Hopkins, Deputy Chief Kuehl will chair the body camera review committee.
The Chief discussed examining the boundaries of each patrol division; however, he said this is not the time to change the boundaries. Additionally, the Chief said he is against implementing firearms checkpoints. He said he does not want to create controversy and “timing is everything.”
The Chief cautioned against attendance at meetings where the organizer wants to bring up topics such as racial profiling, riot control, etc.
Deputy Chief Hundley volunteered to review the President’s Task Force report entitled, 21st Century Policing. Chief Forté will consider the recommendations in this report.
Mayor James discussed the Teens in Transition graduation that he attended. He said the teens in the program were positively changed by the program. He discussed artwork created by the students. Mayor James thanked Chief Forté for assigning officers to this program and the Mayor said the officers’ presence had a positive impact on the students.
- Executive Services Bureau. Deputy Chief Patty Higgins presented the following items for approval.
a. FY-14 Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP). A memorandum dated August 4, 2015, was submitted to recommend acceptance of a modification to this grant. This modification increases the amount of funding from $865,000, which includes a local match of $173,000, to $936,095.94, including a local match of $187,219.19. This grant provides funding for the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Section.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to accept the modification to the grant increasing the amount to $936,095.94. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
b. Cooperative Disability Investigations Contract Agreement. A memorandum dated July 23, 2015, was submitted to recommend acceptance of the contract agreement with the Social Security Administration for the period of October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. Total funding provided is $372,520.65.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt with a second by Commissioner Rader to accept this agreement with the Social Security Administration in the amount of $372,520.65. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
c. Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Project MOU. A memorandum dated August 5, 2015, was submitted to recommend acceptance of the MOU between KCPD and the Kansas City, Missouri Crime Commission. The award for this project is $533,824 and it provides salary and fringe benefits for positions within the KC NoVA project for the period of March 1, 2015 to February 28, 2017.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the MOU with the Kansas City Crime Commissioner in the amount of $533,824. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
d. Bid No. 2014-3, automotive tires. A memorandum dated July 23, 2015, was submitted to recommend approval of a one-year contract renewal with Goodyear Tire and Rubber for automotive tires in the amount of $143,222.20. The contract period is from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt with a second by Mayor James to approve the contract with Goodyear Tire and Rubber in the amount of $143,222.20. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
e. Budget transfers for FY 2015-16. A memorandum dated August 5, 2015, recommended budget transfers that will affect the general fund, police drug enforcement fund, and the police grants fund. This memorandum is marked Attachment “A” and is made a part of these minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Mayor James to approve the budget transfers as presented. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
f. IBM Coplink maintenance and licensing agreement. A memorandum dated August 7, 2015, was submitted to recommend approval of the maintenance and licensing agreement with IBM in the amount of $148,405.25. The contract period is from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016. Following a question from Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, Deputy Chief Higgins explained that Board approval is required on any acquisition exceeding a cost of $125,000.
A motion was made by Mayor James with a second by Commissioner Shurin to approve the contract with IBM in the amount of $148,405.25. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
- Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Deputy Chief Bob Kuehl submitted the basic training class summary for August 2015.
Deputy Chief Kuehl recommended approval of the following consent agenda items:
a. Project #869, Procedural Instruction 04-7, Hazard Report
b. Project #777, Department Memorandum 06-19, Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
c. Request to remove Annex C from Procedural Instruction 15-05.
A motion was made by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the consent agenda items. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
- Investigations Bureau.
Deputy Chief Rose said there have been 53 homicides to-date for 2015, as compared to 44 for the same time period in 2014. She said 1,714 cases were presented to the prosecutor, and 1,174 were filed year-to-date for 2015.
Year-to-date there have been 135 drive-by shootings compared to 112 for the same time period in 2014. Additionally, she added that assaults are up 17 percent compared to last year. Commissioner Brooks and Mayor James expressed their concerns over the drive-by shootings. Mayor James asked if there was any way to address the drive-by shooting issue. Deputy Chief Rose said it is difficult because of the gun laws in this state. Unless someone has been convicted of a felony, a gun can be legally concealed in a vehicle. Mayor James asked if there is any geographic pattern to these crimes. Deputy Chief Rose said she will research the matter, and she speculates that these crimes are occurring in “hot spot” areas of the city.
Chief Forté suggested that strategies and tactics be discussed in closed session because it is known that the criminals watch the Board meetings.
Commissioner Rader asked why the narcotic related arrests are down. Deputy Chief Rose said the narcotics related arrests are down because the police department is doing fewer search warrants and have been focusing on drug trafficking organizations that are having a large impact. Additionally, the police department is doing fewer “buy/busts” because these small scale arrests do not have a large impact on reducing the flow of narcotics.
Commissioner Rader asked if HIDTA’s sole purpose is still meth labs. Deputy Chief Rose said now HITDA is in place for all types of drugs. She said there has been a reduction of meth labs in this area because meth is produced more inexpensively in Mexico and it is being brought in rather than produced here.
Mayor James asked about the new drug, “flakka,” a potent stimulant. Chief Forté said he recently asked Deputy Chief Zimmerman to gather information on this drug because from what the Chief has read, the signs, symptoms, and behaviors of those using this drug are bizarre. Chief Forté wants to educate the officers as well as the public about this drug.
- Human Resources.
Director Nick Nichols presented the personnel summary dated August 6, 2015. Current department strength is 1,359 law enforcement and 551 civilians.
- Administration Bureau. Deputy Chief Hundley presented the Regional Criminalistics Division monthly statistics for August 2015. Deputy Chief Hundley said the police department is focused on cyber security and educating department members about the dangers of malware.
Deputy Chief Hundley said the crime lab is doing their best with the reduction in personnel. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked about the number of job opening at the crime lab. Deputy Chief Hundley said that at last count there were nine openings, and the lab is currently in the process of filling two of them.
Commissioner Rader asked Deputy Chief Rose about the increase in fraud offenses. Deputy Chief Rose said the increase can be attributed to the scanners put on gas pumps that glean information from credit cards, as well as phone scams, etc. She said it is difficult to find the perpetrators of these crimes because they travel from state-to-state to commit these types of crimes.
- Patrol Bureau. Deputy Chief David Zimmerman presented the monthly crime summary dated June 2015. A copy of the Crime Summary is marked as Attachment “B” and is attached to these minutes.
Deputy Chief Zimmerman also submitted the Traffic Summary for the month of July 2015. This report is attachment “C” and is attached to these minutes. There were eight traffic fatalities for the month of July and three involved pedestrians and one involved a motorcycle.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked about the increase in response times on priority 10 calls, for NPD, SCPD, and SPD. Chief Forté said he has emphasized that the officers arrive safely, which means slower driving and longer response times.
Deputy Chief Zimmerman submitted the 2nd Quarter Fatality Report. He said the main contributing factor to these fatal crashes is speeding. Year-to-date there have been 38 fatalities from 27 incidents. He said pedestrian and motorcycle accidents are on the rise. This report is attachment “D” and is attached to these minutes.
- Major Steve Young. Major Young presented the Private Officers License appeal of Mr. Robel G. Bekele. Commissioner Rader suggested that this item be tabled until next month because all of the Commissioners did not have the opportunity to view the CD included as evidence in this appeal.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader with a second by Mayor James to table the appeal of Mr. Robel G. Bekele until next month’s Board meeting. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
See page 15 of these minutes for further information regarding Mr. Bekele’s appeal.
- Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 99. Sgt. Brad Lemon said that last week FOP representatives went to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to attend the FOP national conference. Sgt. Lemon said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was also in attendance, spoke highly of police officers nationally.
Sgt. Lemon said while there he attended break-out sessions on the topics of setting up diversity committees, critical incident stress management issues, and a course on preventing police suicide.
Sgt. Lemon spoke from the heart about necessary healing and change that needs to occur in police culture for those department members that are deeply affected by the job they do. He told his own story of dealing with the aftermath of working critical incidents. Sgt. Lemon also emphasized the need to assist officers who have retired because they could not get the mental health healing they needed.
Sgt. Lemon congratulated Sgt. Jeff Hughley for being appointed to the Governor’s POST Commission.
Sgt. Lemon said a fund will be set up for the family of Officer Charles Williams.
Commissioner Brooks said he agrees that the police department members are subject to the same human frailties as other people and we must look out for each other.
Commissioner Brooks said he is pleased to hear about the break out session on the topic of developing diversity committees. He said this is important for recruiting and promotions.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt thanked Sgt. Lemon for sharing his own story.
Mayor James asked Sgt. Lemon what the FOP plans to do about the mental health issue. Sgt. Lemon said he is working on a one, three, and five year plan. He said the FOP will put together a group to examine this issue and develop ways to build trust, so officers feel safe to say that they need help and to help officers recognize when they need help.
Commissioner Rader thanked Sgt. Lemon for sharing his story. Commissioner Rader said people who are not in police work do not realize that being witness to the worst of society on a daily basis can take a toll on the mental health of officers. Commissioner Rader said the Board is in support of anything that can be done to help.
Mayor James asked what will be done to address the diversity issue. Sgt. Lemon said the FOP put together adversity committee; however, it has not yet come to fruition. He said the numbers of protected class members who have joined the FOP have grown, and the FOP Executive Board is made up of adverse group of people.
- Mr. David V. Kenner. Mr. Kenner advised that the appeal hearing for Civilian Rameses Chambers is set for 9:30 a.m., September 1, 2015, at headquarters.
- Commissioner Leland M. Shurin. Commissioner Shurin said it is an honor to be a member of the Board and this distinguished police department. He said that initially this will be an educational process for him and he wants to be as helpful and supportive of every officer at every rank that he can.
Commissioner Shurin said he resigned from his position on the Missouri Gaming Commission to accept the appointment to the police board. He said it is important to him because he lives in Kansas City and cares about Kansas City and the police department. He said his parents had a great love and respect for police officers.
Commissioner Shurin said he will be traveling abroad and will miss a couple of meetings in the near future.
Commissioner Shurin said he believes it is very important that the police department be as diversified as possible for women and people of color. He appreciates what has been done so far to move in this direction.
Commissioner Shurin is also in support of moving slowly in determining whether or not the police department will utilize body cameras.
He said he looks forward to working with everyone.
- Commissioner Michael Rader. Commissioner Rader said he is very pleased with the results of the citizens survey and he commended the police department for their hard work.
He also commended the police department for the fact that in some cases the number of crimes in Kansas City is trending down.
- Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt welcomed Commissioner Shurin to the Board.
- Scheduled meetings.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas City
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas City
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas City
December 15, 2015
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas City
In the matter of the disciplinary proceedings of Civilian Rameses Chambers
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
8:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City
A motion was made by Mayor James, and seconded by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 11:58 a.m. and reconvene in closed session as provided in the following resolution. Following a roll call, the vote was 5-0 in favor.
WHEREAS, notice of the board meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners was given on May 27, 2015, and
WHEREAS, said notice indicated that the Board of Police Commissioners might go into closed session during said meeting, and
WHEREAS, notice of the closed meeting follows the guidelines of Section 610.020 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Police Commissioners go into closed session during the meeting being held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at KCPD Headquarters, Kansas City, for the purpose of discussing personnel matters and litigation matters.
The following Commissioners were present and voted to go into closed session as follows:
Commissioner Alvin L. Brooks – Aye
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt – Aye
Commissioner Michael C. Rader – Aye
Commissioner Leland M. Shurin – Aye
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. – Aye
There being a quorum present and the question of holding a closed session having received an affirmative public vote of at least three (3) members, a closed meeting was held as set forth above.
The Board reconvened in open session at 12:31 p.m. to vote on the Private Officers License appeal of Mr. Robel Bekele. A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Mayor James to deny the revocation of the private security license held by Robel Bekele. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
Below are the votes from the closed session of the Board of Police Commissioners meeting on August 18, 2015:
1) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Mayor James, the Board voted to approve the applications for continued employment of Reserve Officer Douglas Harr, Detention Officer Patricia Doolin, and Reserve Sergeant Dwight Rhodes. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted aye, Commissioner Rader voted aye, Commissioner Shurin voted aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted aye.
2) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Mayor James, the Board voted to approve the minutes of the closed meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners on July 21, 2015. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted aye, Commissioner Rader voted aye, Commissioner Shurin voted aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted aye.
3) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to come out of closed session. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted aye, Commissioner Rader voted aye, Commissioner Shurin voted aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted aye.
4) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to adjourn. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
Board of Police Commissioner Minutes