February 11, 2014, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at the South Patrol Division, 9701 Marion Park Drive, Annex Building, Kansas City, Missouri.
Commissioner Alvin L. Brooks, President
Commissioner Michael C. Rader, Vice President
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt, Treasurer
Commissioner Michael S. Kilgore
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr., Member
Darryl Forté, Chief of Police
Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney
This meeting was called to order at 9:04 p.m. by Commissioner Brooks.
The invocation was provided by Chaplain Keith Ratcliffe.
1. Award and commendations.
The Board presented Resolution No. 14-01 honoring Commissioner Lisa Pelofsky for her service to the Board from 2010 through 2014. Commissioner Pelofsky thanked everyone and said she feels fortunate and privileged to have served the 2000 men and women who make up this police department as well as
the community at large.
On behalf of the Office of Community Complaints, Mr. Merrell Bennekin
presented a plaque to Commissioner Pelofsky thanking her for her hard work,
dedication, and advocacy for OCC.
The meeting took a recess at 9:19 a.m. and resumed at 9:26 a.m.
2. Public comments. Mr. Jack Barr threatened to sue the police department because he perceives that his constitutional rights have been violated by the police department.
3. Councilman John Sharp. Councilman Sharp said the City Council passed an ordinance that will allow charitable non-profit transportation groups to operate in Kansas City. These organizations will provide assistance to citizens age 65 and over, the visually impaired, or disabled. The drivers may use their personal cars, and will help the individuals to and from their cars. The drivers must have $1,000,000 of insurance and pass a background check. The average age of the individuals who will be benefitted is 84.
He said the City will establish a formal Youth Commission that will consist of up to 20 people total with 15 youths on a committee. This committee’s purpose is to get ideas from young people on programs that they think might help to keep youth in the community stay on the right track. These will be high school and college students. The other five non-voting members will be from groups that serve youths.
Councilman Sharp discussed two bills that are of interest to the police department. First is HB 1118, which is a bill to repeal the provision that allows vehicles 10 years old or older to be sold for scrap without presenting a title. This law has created an explosion of auto thefts in Kansas City and St. Louis. Kansas City passed an ordinance that requires a 72 hour hold on any older vehicles brought to a secondary metal recycler or salvage yard. The second bill, HB 1573, will allow Missouri to levy a surcharge on wireless phones to support the 911 system. Missouri is the only state that currently does not allow this.
4. City Architects report. Mr. Eric Bosch provided the Board with an update on the current police department construction projects.
With regard to the EPD project, Mr. Bosch said good progress was being made up until the heavy snow. Even though the weather is cold, some of the utility companies can begin some of the utility work. Mr. Bosch said today bids are coming back for the EPD building and multi-purpose building.
At headquarters, floors 6 and 7 have been occupied and Mr. Bosch provided photos of these floors. The 2nd floor is currently undergoing demolition and the 4th floor will soon.
5. Approval of minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the minutes of the January 14, 2014 Board meeting. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
6. Chief Darryl Forté. Chief Forté discussed two legislative items, with the first being a bill that requires uniformed officers to wear video cameras. Chief Forté recommended that the police department not support this due to the cost of the equipment, cost of storing the data, and issues surrounding wearing the cameras. Chief Forté said that even though other departments across the country are using this technology, he said use of this equipment will require funding and protocols about when to turn the cameras on and off. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt said it would be helpful to see how other police departments are handling this.
Second, Chief Forté discussed a bill that prohibits gathering intelligence on a person unless there is evidence of criminal activity and it prohibits picking up curbside trash without a warrant. He said this would be detrimental to police investigations. He does not support this bill.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked Chief Forté if he would be willing to support the two House bills that Councilman Sharp referred to during this meeting. He said yes, however, he has not had the opportunity to read them yet. Members of the Board indicated that they agreed with Councilman Sharp and Chief Forté regarding the proposed legislation.
Chief Forté said he and the command staff discussed establishing a committee to review crime reporting and clearance reporting. He said Deputy Chief Hopkins in in charge of putting this committee together. Mayor James stated that if the manner in which crime reporting changes, it will be important to do a historical data review as well so that there are not unexplained changes in crime trends. Mayor James also inquired about the status of KC NoVA and expressed his concern that there needs to be a sense of urgency to get KC NoVA operating and being used.
Chief Forté discussed hotspot policing results and said that in 2012 there was a 12 percent reduction in homicides in those areas and in 2013 there was a 19 percent reduction. He said the deployment of officers for hotspot policing is more organized than when the program was first implemented. Officers have been properly trained and there is a sergeant at every hotspot roll call. He said everyone involved in this program is helping to make a real difference.
Chief Forté said Mr. Tom Nunemaker is no longer the president of the Police Foundation. However, the Police Foundation is going to proceed with providing portable cameras to the police department.
In response to business robberies, the Chief said he began visiting business owners who have been victimized in this way. He said the business owners have been very receptive and complimentary of the service they received from the police department.
Mayor James stepped out of the meeting at 10:10 a.m.
7. Executive Services Bureau. Major Diane Mozzicato submitted the following items for Board approval:
a. Budget transfers for fiscal year 2013-14. A memorandum dated January 30, 2014, was submitted which outlines the details of these budget transfers. A copy of this memorandum is Attachment “A” and made a part of these minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt with a second by Commissioner Rader approving the budget transfers as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
Mayor James returned to the meeting at 10:11 a.m.
b. Department wireless service, WSCA cooperative procurement contract. A memorandum dated January 28, 2014, was submitted to recommend approval for the award of a one-year renewal to provide wireless service through the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) for the total estimated annual expenditure will be $934,788.72. This includes a 10 percent fluctuation cost. The renewal period will be retroactive to February 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015.
Manager Mike Grigsby discussed the services provided by Sprint. He said the police department has been working extensively with Sprint since 2011 when we first implemented REJIS and the E-ticketing system. Sprint has been cooperative and there have been significant improvements to the network across the city. Sprint expects to be done with the improvements by January 31, 2014, with testing completed by early March. Coverage is still “spotty” in certain areas and Sprint is doing what they can to correct this.
Mayor James asked if there are still “dead spots” along Ward Parkway, Swope Parkway, and Southwest Trafficway. Manager Grigsby said this is still a problem and some of it has to do with the topography of the land. He said Sprint will do site surveys and will install additional towers where the City will allow. These towers may not be completed until 2015. June 1, 2014, is the target date to have the E-ticketing software improvements done.
A motion was made by Mayor James with a second by Commissioner Rader approving the contract for wireless service through the WSCA procurement contract for the total estimated annual expenditure of $934,788.72. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
c. STOP Violence Against Women Prevent and Prosecute Award. A memorandum dated January 29, 2014, was submitted to recommend approval of the STOP Violence Against Women award, from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, in the amount of $191,238.04. The award includes a 32 percent local match of $61,196.17. The award period is from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to accept the award from the Missouri Department of Public Safety in the amount of $191,238.04. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
Major Mozzicato said the insurance contracts that are underwritten by Blue Cross and Blue Shield carry a provision that allows a portion of the paid premiums to be refunded back to the police department if a good “claims experience” occurs. The police department received a refund from last year’s claims experience and because of this active members will receive a health premium holiday for the pay period that ends February 15, 2014.
8. Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Deputy Chief Rose submitted the basic training class summary dated February 3, 2014. She advised the 151st EOC has a lower number of recruits due to budget restraints.
9. Administration Bureau.
a. Renewal Blue Cross Blue Shield Troup Health, Dental, EAP, life, and LTD benefits. Human Resources Director Nick Nichols and Mr. Bob Charlesworth of Charlesworth Benefits, LC, presented a memorandum dated January 31, 2014, which outlines the annual renewal of the department’s health and dental insurance. Mr. Charlesworth explained the renewal process. Under the new contract the police department will have only a 1.76 percent increase due to its claims experience. However, the PPACA fees (Patient’s Protection, Affordable Care Act) will add several percent to this increase.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked if any more work had been done to create the health insurance trust fund. Chief Forté and Mr. Charlesworth both said they have no new information about the trust fund. Mayor James said the trust must be comprised of four agencies and the City has not found another agency to be part of the trust.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt with a second by Commissioner Kilgore to approve the renewal contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield for health, dental, EAP, life, and long term disability benefits as presented. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
b. Personnel summary. Deputy Chief Randy Hundley presented the personnel summary dated February 3, 2014. Current department strength is 1,378 law enforcement personnel compared to 1,380 for this same time period in 2013. Civilian strength is 570 positions compared to 568 positions for the same time period 2013.
10. Patrol Bureau. Deputy Chief Kuehl presented the monthly crime summary dated December 2013. A copy of the Crime Summary is marked as Attachment “B” and attached to these minutes.
With regard to the January 2014 Traffic Summary; there were four fatalities for the month of January. This is the same number of fatalities that occurred in January 2013. A copy of the Traffic Summary is Attachment “C” and attached to these minutes.
Also submitted was the January 2014 KCPD Executive Summary.
Deputy Chief Kuehl said because there will be two captains that oversee North Patrol, Shoal Creek, and South Patrol that it is a good time to implement the area command concept. His said the area command concept will divide up the geography in a patrol division and assign a commander to be responsible for each area for 24 hours, seven days a week. He said this concept will stay in place for a six month time frame and monthly status meetings will be held. He said the goal is to take the area command concept and make it fit the demographics and dynamics that are unique to each patrol division.
Commissioner Rader inquired about Major Lockhart’s review of the Berkshire Study. Commissioner Rader asked for a copy of the study.
With regard to the area command concept, Mayor James asked what factors will be used to determine if the concept is successful. Deputy Chief Kuehl said he has asked the commanders to come up with standard performance measures and to determine the challenges of their specific patrol division. He said it may be at least 30 days before he can evaluate the success of the program. He will provide an update at the next Board meeting.
11. Investigations Bureau. Deputy Chief Randy Hopkins submitted the Investigation Bureau summary for January 2014. He said there have been nine homicides to-date for 2014, with sixteen for the same time period in 2013.
The police department presented 241 cases to the prosecutor and 190 were filed.
Year-to-date there have been eight drive-by shootings with 17 for the same period last year.
Mayor James asked if Kansas City has experienced an increase in heroin use. Deputy Chief Hundley said yes; there has been a small increase in “ice meth” and heroin in Kansas City. He said St. Louis has seen a large influx of heroin and both sides of the state are working on a strategy to attack this problem, using HIDTA strategies with the DEA. He said certain prescription drugs, opiates and oxycodone, have become a gateway drug to heroin use for some people who have become addicted to these prescription drugs.
Mayor James requested an update on this topic at the next Board meeting.
12. Major Steve Young. Major Young submitted the OCC investigations monthly report dated February 3, 2014. There are currently 19 OCC’s under investigation.
13. Audit Committee update. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt said the Audit Committee has not met recently and a meeting was scheduled for 8:00 a.m. March 11, 2014 at the police academy.
14. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #99. Sergeant Brad Dumit said the FOP has been sending their people to leadership training.
Sergeant Dumit said he is stepping down as president of the FOP, with the election in two months and the new person taking over two months after the election.
He said the FOP is currently in negotiations for civilian and sworn MOU’s. He said the FOP looks forward to good negotiations and a positive outcome.
The Board and the Chief thanked him for his service and professionalism.
15. David V. Kenner.
Mr. Kenner advised that Commissioner Kilgore was confirmed last week by the Missouri Senate.
Mr. Kenner said the Sergeant James Carmody disciplinary hearing is tentatively set for April 8, 2014.
16. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt thanked Major Roger Lewis for coming to the aid of a bank customer of hers that was being harassed at their home by a mentally ill individual.
17. Commissioner Alvin Brooks. Commissioner Brooks said he spoke to Officer Don Hubbard who is back to work.
18. Scheduled meetings.
Audit Committee meeting:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
8:00 a.m., Regional Police Academy, 6885 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road,
Auditorium, Kansas City
Regular Board meetings:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
9:00 a.m., Regional Police Academy, 6885 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road,
Auditorium, Kansas City
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
9:00 a.m., South Patrol Division, 9701 Marion Park Drive, Annex Building,
Multi-purpose Room, Kansas City
A motion was made by Mayor James, seconded by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 11:04 a.m. and reconvene in closed session at 11:18 a.m. 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 January 14, 2014, 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, February 11, 2014, at the South Patrol Division, 9701 Marion Park Drive, Kansas City, Missouri, for the purpose of discussing personnel matters, litigation matters, and labor negotiations.
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 S. Kilgore – Aye
Commissioner Michael C. Rader – 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.
Below are the votes from the closed session of the Board of Police Commissioners meeting on February 11, 2014:
1) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to approve the minutes from the closed sessions of the January 14, 2014, meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
2) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to go into special closed session to discuss personnel matters with only Chief Forté present. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
3) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Mayor James, the Board voted to come out of closed session. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Brooks voted Aye and Commissioner Kilgore voted aye.
4) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to adjourn. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
Board of Police Commissioners Minutes