February 9, 2016, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, Kansas City.
Commissioner Michael C. Rader, President
Commissioner Leland M. Shurin, Vice President
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt, Treasurer
Darryl Forté, Chief of Police
Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney
Commissioner Alvin Brooks, Member
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr., Member
This meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m. by Commissioner Rader. Chaplain Bilal Muhammad provided the invocation.
- Awards and Commendations.
The Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Parole Officer Jordan Elbert for his outstanding assistance to the Kansas City Police Department. P.O. Elbert was assigned to the KC NoVA Project and went above and beyond to strengthen the partnership of the Missouri Department of Corrections and KCPD. His efforts have helped the KCPD arrest more than 1,100 parole absconders since the inception of KC NoVA in 2013. P.O. Elbert also helped to develop the KC NoVA re-entry program where a team consisting of a detective, social service provider, prosecutor, probation/parole officer, and a member of the community, will travel to correctional facilities to visit incarcerated individials before they are released back into the community. Ms. Sherry Moreland accepted the award for P.O. Elbert.
The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Officer Travis Corum and Detective Todd Dolato for displaying exceptional initiative, tenacity, and expertise. Proactive efforts by Officer Corum and Detective Dolato helped to expose a long-term crime pattern that plagued the Northland. Shoplifing rings would steal large amounts of merchandise and then return the items for gift cards. Officer Corum and Detective Dolato changed their work hours, sacrificing time away from their families, to conduct surveillance and gather suspect information.
The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Sergeants Howard Periman and Anthony White, and Officers Michael Allen and David Lantz for displaying exceptional initiative, tenacity, and expertise. By attending the Institute of Police Technology and Management Police Motorcycle Instructor Course in 2013, Sergeant White and Officers Allen and Lantz brought this valuable training to the KCPD Traffic Enforcement Unit’s motorcycle officers. These officers developed the curriculum and scheduled the classes to train 33 Traffic Enforcement Unit motorcycle officers in May 2015. During preparation the officers recognized the need to bring in Sergeant Periman because of his tactical expertise and firearms instruction experience.
The Certificate of Commendation was presented to Officer Troy Thomas and Former Officer Scott Chambers for their life-saving actions and immediate response to a dangerous situation. Officers Chambers and Thomas were parked near 152 Highway and North Oak at 6:00 a.m., when they noticed the The Woods at Windrose Apartments were in flames. They notified dispatch to inform the fire department and officers immediately responded to the apartment complex. The officers then began knocking on all of the doors trying to alert the tenants to the fire. The residents stated that they were asleep and would not have known about the fire if it weren’t for Officers Chambers and Thomas. The officer’s quick response and actions led to minimal property damage and all residents, and their pets, were spared from injury.
The Board took a recess at 10:18 a.m. and resumed at 10:29 a.m.
- Councilperson Alissia Canady. Councilperson Canady provided a brief update of the Public Safety Committee. Councilperson Canady said the Public Safety Committee discussed the issue of abandoned houses and realized that some of the structures are beyond repair and it is cost prohibitive to repair them. These homes have been identified and the City will take steps to deal with them. For the homes that are worth saving, Councilperson Canady said the City is trying to identify lenders in the community who are willing to provide financing.
Councilperson Canady discussed the Crime Caucus and a documentary that was recently aired on KCPT, entitled Our Divided City, in which a local producer featured Kansas City and the divide when it comes to crime, segregation, Troost, and a number of different factors that impact the city, including trash and abandoned houses. Councilperson Canady has formalized a monthly information exchange with Major Oakman to relay information from police officers that relates to qualify of life issues in the community (trash, etc.). The City will then address these areas.
Councilperson Canady said the first meeting of the Violence Task Force Committee was a month ago, and the next meeting is this evening at the Gregg Klice Community Center. Councilperson Canady said the Committee held a “listening session” last Saturday morning at EPD. Attendees who wanted to address the Committee had five minutes to provide public comments. Nearly 50 people attended. The biggest concern expressed is the need for conflict resolution, mediation, and action to solve the issue of gun violence in the city.
Councilperson Canady said the Public Safety Committee has requested an update from KCPD on officer involved shootings, and wants to know the protocol when these incidents occur.
In reference to the Violence Task Force Committee, Commissioner Rader asked if the end goal is to report findings. Councilperson Canady said the goal of this Committee is to come up with solutions and to address challenges as they come up.
- City Architect’s report. Mr. Eric Bosch introduced Ms. Elizabeth Bowman, Public Art Adminstrator for the City of KCMO, who discussed the art selection for the new NPD. Ms. Bowman briefly described the process for selecting artists who submit proposals to the Kansas City One Percent for Art Program. The budget for the new NPD art is $75,000, and the chosen artist is Mr. Frank Swanson of Swanson Stone from Colorado. The large, granite art piece is entitled, “To Serve and Protect.” A brief video was presented of Mr. Swanson’s work.
Mr. Bosch said that the City has been nominated for the Cornerstone Award for the new EPD. Also, he said the City won the Capstone Award which is sponsored by the Kansas City Business Journal.
- Public comments. Mr. Tracy Barrow expressed his concerns about a complaint that he previously made with OCC. Mr. Barrow provided a handout to the Board.
- Approval of minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Commissioner Shurin, to approve the minutes of the open session of the January 12, 2016, board meeting. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
- Chief Darryl Forté. Chief Forté said he supports and respects OCC Director Pearl Fain. The Chief said he appreciates what OCC does for the police department and the community. Commissioner Rader added that this year Ms. Fain will receive her 25-year ring from KCPD.
Commissioner Rader noted that Commissioner Brooks is absent because he is attending a trial this morning in Jackson County Court, and Mayor James is absent because he had an unexpected matter come up this morning.
- Executive Services Bureau. Deputy Chief Higgins presented the following items for Board approval:
a. Stop Violence Against Women Prevent and Prosecute Award. A memorandum dated January 28, 2016, recommended Board approval for acceptance of this grant award from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, in the amount of $202,863. This award will fund the salary and benefits for two Forensic Specialist positions. The grant award is for the period of January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader, with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to accept this award from the Missouri Department of Public Safety in the amount of $202,863. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
b. COBAN Titan in-car video systems. A memorandum dated January 25, 2016, recommended approval for the sole source purchase of 31 in-car video mobile data computers from Coban Technologies, at a cost of $333,660.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Commissioner Shurin to approve the purchase of in-car video mobile data computers from Coban Technologies at a cost of $333,660. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
c. Budget transfers for FY 2015-16. A memorandum dated January 27, 2016, recommended budget transfers that will affect the general fund, Public Safety Sales Tax 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, with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the budget transfers as presented. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
- Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Deputy Chief Bob Kuehl submitted the basic training class summary for February 2016. Deputy Chief Kuehl said the 157th EOC began on January 26, 2016, which consists of outside agency recruits. Commissioner Rader asked about the frequency of an EOC class with outside agency recruits only. Deputy Chief Kuehl said that when enough outside agencies express their desire to have their recruits attend the academy, then KCPD will conduct an entrant officer class for those agencies.
Deputy Chief Kuehl asked that the Board again table the following consent agenda item: Project #892, Personnel Policy, Uniform and Personnel Appearance Regulations.
Deputy Chief Kuehl requested Board approval of the following consent agenda items:
a. Project #914, Reserve Sworn Members Volunteer Program.
b. Project #829, Selection for Specialized Positions – Sworn Members and Selection Process for Non-Sworn Vacancy
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Commissioner Shurin to approve the consent agenda items as presented. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
- Investigations Bureau.
Deputy Chief Rose said that to-date 2016, there have been 14 homicides compared to nine in 2015.
She said to-date 280 cases were presented to the prosecutor, and 147 were filed year-to-date for 2016.
Year-to-date for 2016, there have been 23 drive-by shootings compared to nine for the same time period in 2015. Deputy Chief Rose said this increase is in line with the current number of aggravated assaults and homicides.
- Human Resources.
a. Personnel summary. Director Nick Nichols presented the personnel summary dated February 2, 2016. Current department strength is 1,353 law enforcement and 544 civilians.
b. Renewal, Blue Cross/Blue Shield group health, dental, EAP, life and long term disability. Director Nichols and Mr. Bob Charlesworth presented a memorandum dated January 29, 2016, that recommended Board acceptance of the contract renewal with Blue Cross/Blue Shield for group health insurance, dental insurance, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Standard Life Long Term Disability (LTD), and life insurance benefits. The contract period is May 1, 2016, through April 30, 2017. Mr. Charlesworth provided a summary of the details of the contract.
Commissioner Rader thanked Mr. Charlesworth for meeting with the Board members individually to discuss this renewal.
A motion was made by Commissioner Shurin, with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the Blue Cross/Blue Shield renewal as presented. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
- Administration Bureau. Deputy Chief Randy Hundley presented the Regional Criminalistics Division monthly statistics for February, 2016.
- Patrol Bureau. Deputy Chief David Zimmerman presented the monthly crime summary dated December 2015. A copy of the Crime Summary is marked as Attachment “B” and is attached to these minutes.
Deputy Chief Zimmerman submitted the Traffic Summary for the month of January 2016. This report is marked attachment “C” and is attached to these minutes. Deputy Chief Zimmerman said there were no traffic fatalities in January, however, there have been two so far in February.
With regard to Commissioner Shurin’s prior inquiry about the number of citations issued for failure to use a seatbelt and child restraints, of the 16,000 citations issued in 2015, approximately 650 of these involved children, and 450 involved children over the age of 4.
Commissioner Rader inquired about the process of how the police department arrives at the response time goals. Major Scott Glaeser has been working with Research and Development to develop a more representative report of response times that deals with trends.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked why the number of tickets written is down. Deputy Chief Zimmerman said other incidents that occur in the city can have an impact on the number of tickets written.
- Audit Committee update. Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt said that the City Auditor’s Office will present the take-home car audit at the next meeting.
- Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 99. Sgt. Brad Lemon said that the FOP held their grand opening last month and he thanked Commissioners Rader and Shurin for attending.
Sgt. Lemon said the FOP was able to secure enough sick leave donations for Officer Nate Harrison that should sustain him through his physical rehabilitation. Financial donations were also collected for Officer Harrison. Another fundraiser will be held for him at the Lodge on February 27.
Sgt. Lemon said the FOP held their 10th annual Police Officer’s Ball last weekend and had nearly 700 people in attendance.
Sgt. Lemon said that FOP will introduce SB 2365 this month which relates to peer counseling for first responders.
Sgt. Lemon said that he disagrees with the public comments made by Mr. Barrow. Sgt. Lemon said that he has much respect for OCC Director Pearl Fain, and that civilian oversight of the police department should not be feared.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked how Officer Harrison is doing. Sgt. Lemon said it is miraculous that Officer Harrison woke up from his coma and is undergoing physical rehabilitation.
Commissioner Rader said the Board echoes his comments about Director Pearl Fain.
- Mr. David V. Kenner. Mr. Kenner reviewed the list of scheduled police board meetings.
Mr. Kenner congratulated Commissioner Shurin on his final approval by the Missouri Senate; he is now fully confirmed.
Mr. Kenner concurred with the positive comments made about Director Pearl Fain. Mr. Kenner said he has found her nothing but professional and she has done a marvelous job.
- Scheduled meetings.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
All meetings listed above will be held at 10:00 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust,
This will be a very brief meeting where most commissioners will participate by phone conference.
In the matter of the disciplinary proceedings of P.O. Herschel Rodgers
Friday, April 15, 2016
8:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City
- Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt thanked Director Fain for her good work, saying she is an asset to the police department and always a professional.
- Commissioner Leland M. Shurin. Commissioner Shurin concurred with Commissioner Wasson-Hunt.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, and seconded by Commissioner Shurin and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 11:27 a.m. and reconvene in closed session as provided in the following resolution. Following a roll call, the vote was 3-0 in favor.
WHEREAS, notice of the board meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners was given on October 15, 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, February 9, 2016, 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 Angela Wasson-Hunt – Aye
Commissioner Michael C. Rader – Aye
Commissioner Leland M. Shurin – 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 9, 2016. Mayor James was absent from the closed session. Commissioner Brooks was absent from the beginning of the closed session.
1) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Shurin, the Board voted to authorize Tony Byergo to proceed with arbitration of the grievances filed by the FOP over the post-promotion step pay increases. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Following polling, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, and Commissioner Rader voted Aye.
2) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Shurin, the Board voted to approve the applications for continued employment of Sgt. Sabe Choate and Major James Connelly. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Following polling, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, and Commissioner Rader voted Aye.
Commissioner Brooks joined the meeting at noon.
3) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, and a second by Commissioner Shurin, the Board voted to approve the minutes of the closed meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners on January 12, 2016. The vote was 4-0 in favor. Following polling, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Brooks voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, and Commissioner Rader voted Aye.
4) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Shurin, the Board voted to go out of closed session and adjourn. The vote was 4-0 in favor. Following polling, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Brooks voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, and Commissioner Rader voted Aye.
The meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.
Board of Police Commissioner Minutes