February 14, 2017, Joint Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017
JOINT MEETING WITH KCMO CITY COUNCIL
A joint meeting between the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri and the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri, was held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
Commissioner Leland M. Shurin, Board of Police Commissioners President
Commissioner Alvin L. Brooks, Board of Police Commissioners Vice President
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt, Board of Police Commissioners Treasurer
Mr. David V. Kenner, Board of Police Commissioners Secretary/Attorney
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr., Board of Police Commissioners Member
Darryl Forté, Chief of Police
General Counsel Virginia Murray
Deputy Chief Karl Oakman
Deputy Chief Patty Higgins
Deputy Chief David Zimmerman
Deputy Chief Robert Kuehl
Major Diane Mozzicato
Councilman Kevin McManus
Councilwoman Heather Hall
Councilwoman Jolie Justus
Councilman Dan Fowler
Councilwoman Teresa Loar
Councilman Quinton Lucas
Councilman Lee Barnes, Jr.
Councilman Scott Taylor
Councilwoman Alissia Canady
The meeting was called to order at 1:32 p.m. by Councilwoman Teresa Loar.
Chief Darryl Forté provided the City Council Members with a brief update on the Police Department. Chief Forté voiced his appreciation for the City Council, and expressed the need for collective knowledge of the Police Department and City Council to make efforts together to improve the City of Kansas City. Councilwoman Loar requested that the Board of Police Commissioners and the City Council Members meet quarterly to discuss ideas and proposals to help improve the community.
Deputy Chief Karl Oakman, liaison of The Public Safety Committee, stated that the public safety meetings are a very helpful resource in determining the needs of the Department and implementing the budget.
Councilman Quinton Lucas asked for clarification in regards to the Department’s management. Deputy Chief Patty Higgins advised Councilman Lucas that the Department currently has 78 commanders, which reflects the same number of commanders dating back to 2008. Deputy Chief Higgins also stated that the Department has requested 247 sergeants for this year. Last year the Department had 254 sergeants. The number of sergeants has increased over the last ten years.
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James explained that Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA) is a community collaboration among several organizations committed to reducing violent crime in Kansas City. KC NoVA offers services, such as job training and general education development programs, to improve the life of the offenders and help them avoid the life of violence. Chief Forté stated that KC NoVA has helped improve the relationships between the community and the police. KC NoVA has become a successful organization all around the community.
Councilman Lucas asked for the Board to voice their requests and ideas for community improvement to the Council members. Commissioner Alvin Brooks stated that he would like to see the city become cleaner, by increasing the trash pick-up. Chief Forté suggested ways to help get the community involved in neighborhood pick-ups, such as training residents to become engaged in improving the appearance of their neighborhoods and locating resources to assist in the process.
City Council members asked if they could view the budget for the Police Department. Deputy Chief Patty Higgins offered the services of the Executive Services Bureau to present the Department budget to City Council members.
Commissioner Leland Shurin stated that he believes more officers on the streets will provide beneficial community/police interactions. He stated that more officers on the street will provide neighborhoods with a familiar face to trust, an increase in intelligence gathering, and visible officers in the streets will help reduce crimes in the area. Commissioner Shurin also urged the Council to build their relationships with officers and members of the Police Department.
Mayor Sly James explained that before more officers are added to the Department, he would like to see the current officers deployed in the most useful way. Mayor James left the meeting at 2:26 p.m.
Chief Forté expressed his thanks to the City Manager for the City’s work demolishing vacant houses in the City. Chief Forté left the meeting at 2:28 p.m.
Councilman Scott Taylor expressed the importance of training and how vital it is for police officers. Deputy Chief Bob Kuehl assured the Council that Department members receive the best training.
The meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.
Board of Police Commissioners Minutes