February 24, 2015, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2015
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at KCPD Headquarters, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
Commissioner Alvin L. Brooks, President
Commissioner Michael C. Rader, Vice President
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt, Treasurer
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr., Member
Darryl Forté, Chief of Police
Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney
This meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Commissioner Brooks.
The invocation was provided by Rabbi Herbert Mandl.
- Awards and commendations.
The Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Sergeant Steve Taylor and former Deputy Matt Spear of the Clay County Sheriff’s Department. During KCPD’s first open house in conjunction with Take Your Child to Work Day on April 24, 2014, Sgt. Taylor and Deputy Spear processed more than 300 children with Ident-A-Kid kits that day.
The Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Mr. James Rozenski for convincing a suicidal woman, who was threatening to jump, to move off of a bridge’s edge. Sergeant Jeff Duer stopped to assist when he noticed Mr. Rozenski leaning against a bridge wall talking with the woman sitting on top of the bridge wall.
The Lifesaving Award was presented to Sergeant Jarrett Lanpher and Master Patrol Officer Leslie Cornell. MPO Cornell and Sgt. Lanpher performed CPR on an unresponsive man who was suffering from a heroin overdose. A passerby, Mr. Brian Jones also assisted, however, the police department has been unable to reach him to present his Certification of Appreciation, but will present it to him when he is located.
The meeting took a recess at 9:09 a.m. and resumed at 9:15 a.m.
- Councilman John Sharp. Councilman Sharp said the City Council passed an ordinance that provides an exemption for cars with remote starters that are left running while unattended.
He discussed tow companies that violate the City’s tow ordinance, by overcharging people for towing services. Tow trucks that are approved and operating under the City’s system charge a standard tow fee of $240 and $30 per day for storage. Some unauthorized tow companies “chase” accidents and will show up at an accident scene then charge a much higher fee, in some cases up to $1,000, for the towing and storage services.
Councilman Sharp said he believes that new 911 legislation will pass that will allow the entire state to have a functional 911 system. Legislation was passed years ago to create this, however, 17 counties in Missouri do not have 911 service and there are 18 other counties that have outdated 911 service.
Commissioner Brooks introduced Mr. Damon Daniel who will take over for Commissioner Brooks at the Ad-Hoc Group Against Crime.
- Approval of minutes.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt had a question about a grant mentioned on page five of the January 29, 2015 minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt with a second by Mayor James to approve the minutes of the January 29, 2015, Board meeting. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
- Chief Darryl Forté. Chief Forté responded to Councilman Sharp’s comment related to the unethical tow companies. He said many times when tow trucks show up at accident scenes, the officers who are working the accident or directing traffic do not have time to question the tow truck driver about his credentials or who contacted them, etc. Chief Forté said he understands the citizen’s perspective, however, it may be beneficial to educate the public on the topic of towing.
He said 75 people are enrolled in the Citizens Police Academy that begins today. He said the normal class size is 30, however, Angela McCune at the academy has done an excellent job in coordinating the classes. There are 32 people on a waiting list to attend.
An organizational development meeting was held last week, and a representative from the Save a Warrior Program (saveawarrior.org) addressed the group. This program has saved veterans from suicide. The police department will send some members through the program.
Chief Forté said law enforcement representatives from St. Louis attended a meeting at headquarters to learn more about KC NoVA.
Chief Forté discussed a speech by FBI Director James Comey. Director Comey said that of almost 80 special agents in charge of field offices, only three are African American. The FBI is working to change this. Commissioner Brooks requested a copy of this speech.
Chief Forté said as a stragetic objective, the topic of “the changing landscape of disability” was discussed at the recent organizational development meeting.
Recently, Chief Forté attended a symposium called Crime in America and one of the major topics was trust within the community. He said while at the symposium he began a conversation about trust and respect within our organization.
He said he plans to start another strategic objective that addresses the well-being of department members. He said this encompasses not only personnel issues, but also personal relationship issues, financial, illness, and post-critical incidents. The Chief stressed that if someone on the department knows that someone else has been treated unfairly, then it should be reported. If it is not reported then an incident report will be completed on the employee who did not report it. He said we need to make sure employees have the courage to do what is right, and if possible test for it during the hiring process.
Chief Forté discussed the topic of tolerance and asked the question why tolerate, why not embrace and celebrate others. He wants to change the culture and improve relationships inside and outside of the department. Commissioner Brooks agreed with Chief Forté on the topic of tolerance and said he prefers to use the word inclusion.
At City elections, Captain Dan Haley will address citizen complaints.
Chief Forté said Major Jim Pruetting is retiring today after nearly 30 years on the department He thanked Major Pruetting for his years of service.
With regard to the indictment of Officer Jacob Ramsey, Chief Forté said that he spoke to him over the weekend and attended the arraignment. Chief thanked everyone for supporting Officer Ramsey emotionally and financially.
- Executive Services Bureau. Major Diane Mozzicato presented the following items for approval.
a. Bid No. 2014-15, MicroXRF florescence spectrometer. A memorandum dated January 27, 2015, recommended Board approval for the purchase of a MicroXRF from EDAX, Inc., for a total expenditure of $170,000. This item will be funded by Coverdell grant funds.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the purchase of a spectrometer from EDAX, Inc., for a total expenditure of $170,000. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
b. Renewal Bid No. 2013-10, ammunition/munitions contract. A memorandum dated February 9, 2015, recommended approval of a one-year contract renewal split between the following vendors:
Gulf States Distributors $425,421
Simmons Gun Specialities $23,521.50
Ray O’Herron Company $16,875
The total anticipated expenditure for the renewal period of May 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016 will be $465,817.50.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Mayor James to approve the one-year contract to purchase ammunition/munitions from three vendors as presented, for a total expenditure of $465,817.50. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
Commissioner Rader had a question about the discrepancy in the quantity of recycled brass because last year the quantity was much higher. Captain Todd Marckx explained that a two year surplus of brass (19,000 lbs.) which had been stored at the range was recycled which greatly increased the quantity compared to this year (6,900 lbs.).
c. Bid No. 2013-8, Ford parts and accessories. A memorandum dated February 6, 2015, recommended approval of a one-year contract renewal with Northtowne Lincoln Mercury for the period of May 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016. The total anticipated expenditure will be $149,648.25.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the one-year contract renewal with Northtowne Lincoln Mercury for the total anticipated expenditure of $149,648.25. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
d. Bid No. 2013-9, Motorcraft parts, brakes/components and accessories. A memorandum dated February 6, 2015, recommended approval of a one-year contract renewal with Factory Motor Parts for the period of May 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016. The total anticipated expenditure will be $175,443.18.
A motion was made by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the one-year contract renewal with Factory Motor Parts for the total anticipated expenditure of $175,443.18. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
e. Budget transfers for FY 2014-15. A memorandum dated February 12, 2015, recommended budget transfers that will affect the general fund, downtown parking fund, public safety sales tax fund, police drug enforcement fund, police grants fund, JAG grant fund, and grants special revenue fund. This memorandum is marked Attachment “A” and is made a part of these minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Mayor James to approve the budget transfers as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
f. Adjustments to special revenue accounts for FY 2014-15. A memorandum dated February 12, 2015, recommended an adjustment in the special revenue account to support the federal seizure and forfeiture fund ($37,100) and the liability self-retention fund ($200,000). This memorandum is marked Attachment “B” and is made a part of these minutes.
A motion was made by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the adjustments to the special revenue accounts as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
g. Supplemental appropriations for FY 2014-15. A memorandum dated February 19, 2015, outlined the the request for supplemental appropriations for the Board to establish revenues and appropriations for the special obligation fund. This memorandum is marked attachment “C” and is made a part of these minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the request for supplemental appropriations as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
- Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Deputy Chief Randy Hopkins submitted the basic training class summary dated February 17, 2015. He said the current 153rd EOC will graduate in April 16, 2015, and the 154th EOC will graduate on September 3, 2015. Additionally, the citizens academy begins tonight and they will graduate in May 2015. Deputy Chief Hopkins presented the following consent agenda items for approval:
- Project #849, Personnel Policy, Lactation Accommodation
- Project #854, Personnel Policy, Jury Duty
- Project #798, Procedural Instruction, Emergency Operations Procedure
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve all consent agenda items as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
- Investigations Bureau. Deputy Chief Cheryl Rose submitted the Investigation Bureau summary for January 2015.
Deputy Chief Rose said there have been 10 homicides to-date for 2015, with nine for the same time period in 2014. She said 296 cases were presented to the prosecutor, and 222 were filed year-to-date for 2015.
Year-to-date there have been nine drive-by shootings compared to eight for the same time period in 2014.
With regard to the Narcotics and Vice Division Report, Commissioner Rader asked why the percentages dropped on 21 of the 26 categories listed. Deputy Chief Rose said that last January the police department assisted with several federal warrants and as a result a large quantity of drugs and weapons were recovered.
- Human Resources.
Captain Bob McLees spoke for Director Nick Nichols who was out of town.
Captain McLees presented the personnel summary for January 2015. He said there are 1,386 sworn members, with 52 current vacancies. There are 567 non-sworn members, with 92 current vacancies. He said 18 police officer candidates will graduate in April 2015.
With regard to the ethnic/gender information, there are 329 minority officers and 224 minority civilians. Of the officers there are 163 African American, and 65 Hispanic. There are 200 female officers and 369 female civilians.
- Administration Bureau. Deputy Chief Randall Hundley presented the Regional Crime Lab statistics for February 2015. He said the increase in turn-around time is due to the fact that the lab has a personnel shortage, which should be filled in the near future.
With regard to outside agency billing, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt suggested that the report contain 30 days worth of billing revenue and to eliminate the reporting of a partial month revenue.
Deputy Chief Hundley discussed cyber security and said the police department continuously evaluates and keeps up-to-date on any potential threats to the system.
Deputy Chief Hundley said because February is Black History Month, the police department conducted additional outreach in the community. He said OCC Executive Director Pearl Fain also participated in some of these outreach events with Deputy Chief Hundley. He thanked her for doing so.
Deputy Chief Hundley reiterated Chief Forté’s comments on the topic of tolerance and inclusion. He said it brings to mind other terms that have been used in police work such as racial profiling, bias based policing, and de-escalation.
Commissioner Brooks asked about the two vacancies at the crime lab. Director Linda Netzel said one of the vacancies occurred in August 2013, and was a grant funded position that has been vacant since then. The other vacancy occurred in September 2014, and the lab is in the process of filling this position.
Director Netzel said some changes are being made to processes and some technology has been added that will help to expedite the processing of drug chemistry cases. She also noted that $400,000 has been set aside in the budget to pay for the move to the new crime lab.
- Patrol Bureau. Deputy Chief Kuehl presented the monthly crime summary dated December 2014. A copy of the Crime Summary is marked as Attachment “D” and is attached to these minutes.
Deputy Chief Kuehl submitted the January 2015 Traffic Summary. There were two traffic fatalities in the month of January. One involved the death of a pedestrian and the other was a bicyclist. A copy of the Traffic Summary is Attachment “E” and is attached to these minutes.
Deputy Chief Kuehl also submitted the January 2015 Executive Summary which is Attachment “F” and attached to these minutes.
Deputy Chief Kuehl agreed with the Chief’s comments about trust and respect within the organization and helping those that may benefit from being “taken by the hand.”
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt said she is impressed with the department wide traffic enforcement statistics. Deputy Chief Kuehl said the department takes a proactive approach to traffic enforcement for the safety of drivers in the community. Captain Darrell Bergquist said adding another traffic squad has been beneficial as well as assistance from patrol officers who write tickets. He said fatalities are down more than they have been in 20 years.
- Major Steve Young. Captain Stacey Graves spoke for Major Young in his absence. Captain Graves presented a Private Officers License appeal for Michelle L. Nickols that recommended the revocation of the unarmed license of Ms. Nickols. The basis for the revocation is outlined in Title 17 of the Code of State Regulations, Section 10-2.060 (8) (G) and (H). Ms. Nickols was not licensed when she stated to KCPD Sergeant Phillip Smith that her license was not in her possession. Her license was suspended in September 2014 after failing to qualify at the KCPD pistol range.
Chief Forté said he had some questions about this appeal and he suggested that the Board table this item until further information can be obtained.
A motion was made by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Rader to table this item for further information. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
- Audit Committee update. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt had no new information to report.
- Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 99. Sergeant Brad Lemon had no comments.
- Mr. David Kenner. Mr. Kenner confirmed the following meeting schedule:
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
9:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas City
Monday, April 13, 2015
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas City
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
9:00 a.m., South Patrol Division, 9701 Marion park Drive, Annex Building
Multi-purpose Room, Kansas City
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
9:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas City
- Public comments.
Mr. Ron Hunt expressed his concern about crime in the 5th District. He said there are 42 houses on his block and only eight homes are occupied. He spoke highly of the P.A.L. Center. He thanked the Chief for returning his phone calls.
- Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. Mayor James said he respects the Chief for his comments today. He said Chief Forté is bold enough and smart enough to make positive change and he appreciates his focus on equality for all.
- Commissioner Michael Rader. Commissioner Rader asked Major Eric Winebrenner if he had a timeframe for the regional dispatch center. Major Winebrenner said he had no information other than the project continues to move forward.
Commissioner Rader concurs with the Mayor and commends all aspects of the police department.
He wished Major Jim Pruetting good luck in his new position as Chief of Police for Gardner, Kansas. Commissioner Rader thanked him for his years of service to the police department.
- Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt also congratulated Major Pruetting and said she believes that he has made a significant difference and the lower traffic fatality numbers show it. She thanked him for his service.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt congratulated and thanked the Police Foundation for their first large fundraising event. She said it really made the community aware of who they are and how the foundation benefits the police department and community.
- Commissioner Alvin Brooks. Commissioner Brooks told the Chief the police department is headed in the right direction and said change certainly comes from the top because those “on the ground” don’t have the power to make change; it is a collaborative effort.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader, and seconded by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 10:30 a.m. and reconvene in closed session at 10:41 a.m. as provided in the following resolution. Following a roll call, the vote was 4-0 in favor.
WHEREAS, notice of the board meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners was given on December 16, 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 24, 2015, at KCPD Headquarters, Kansas City, 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
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. – Aye
Commissioner Michael Rader – 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 24, 2015:
1) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to approve the workers compensation settlement with Police Officer Vito Mazzara in the amount of $19,701.39 for a 25% permanent partial disability of the right hip. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
2) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to approve the minutes of the closed meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners on January 29, 2015. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
3) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to come out of closed session and adjourn. The vote was 4-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
The meeting adjourned at 11:10 a.m.
Board of Police Commissioner Minutes