January 10, 2017, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, Kansas City.
Commissioner Leland M. Shurin, President
Commissioner Alvin Brooks, Vice President
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt, Treasurer
Commissioner Michael C. Rader, Member
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr., Member
Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney
Darryl Forté, Chief of Police
This meeting was called to order at 10:03 a.m. by Commissioner Shurin. Rabbi Herb Mandl provided the invocation.
1. Awards and Commendations.
The Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Wanda Tope for providing significant assistance to family, friends and coworkers throughout the three-year adjudication process after the tragic death of Crime Scene Technician Michael Chou in 2013. Ms. Tope diligently explained the numerous pretrial motions, hearings and reasons for continuances in Michael Chou’s case to his family and coworkers. Adjectives used to describe Ms. Tope were “supportive, amazing, caring, compassionate, remarkable, professional, knowledgeable, considerate and thoughtful.” A Jackson County jury convicted Larneal Davis on all charges, including involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while suspended. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison. In federal court, Davis was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to 10 years. Family of Michael Chou stated that Ms. Tope was on their side to help them navigate the complicated legal system, and that they cannot think of anyone more deserving of receiving recognition for the work they do.
The Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Bank Teller Madeline Noud, Research Medical Center Security Guards David Eubank, Greg Irwin, Bryan Smock, and Neal Stack and Research Medical Center Security Dispatcher Dave Vogel for their quick and appropriate actions that helped quickly solve an armed bank robbery on September 7, 2016 at a branch of Community America Credit Union inside Research Medical Center. Instantaneously after Ms. Noud was robbed at gunpoint, Dispatcher Vogel immediately began asking all of the necessary questions to get accurate information on the suspect from Ms. Noud. Security Guard Stack stayed with Ms. Noud and protected the crime scene. After the suspect information was broadcasted, Security Guard Irwin spotted a man matching the suspect’s description. Irwin quickly informed other RMC Security officers as well as KCPD officers. Security Officers Eubank and Smock were able to immediately locate the suspect in the 6600 block of Park, and without hesitation they cautiously approached the suspect. Security Officers Eubank and Smock used verbal commands and prevented the suspect from going anywhere until on-duty police officers arrived. Together with their outstanding assistance, Noud, Vogel, Eubank, Irwin, Smock, and Stack helped take a violent felon off the streets.
The Life-Saving Award was presented to Officer Jonathan Best for his critical actions in a life-or-death situation. While off-duty and doing some shopping with his family at Nebraska Furniture Mart on October 9, 2016, Officer Best saw a man fall off a bar stool and onto the floor. Officer Best, along with an off-duty Topeka Police officer, immediately jumped into action as they quickly recognized the man was in some sort of medical distress. They determined that the man didn’t have a pulse, so Officer Best and the off-duty officer began giving him CPR. A short time later, Nebraska Furniture Mart Security arrived on scene with an Automated External Defibrillator, and shocked the man two different times before EMS arrived on the scene and took over. The man went on to make a full recovery and later returned to the store to thank the officers. That man is Mr. Kurt Gowdy, and he was present at the meeting to thank Officer Best.
The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Sergeant Ronald Hunter for his long-term, continuous, and exemplary service in the Narcotics and Vice Division. Sergeant Hunter has spent 21 years as an integral piece within multiple units of the division. From August 1995 to October of 1996, Sergeant Hunter conducted street-level narcotics purchases as an undercover detective. He then transferred to the Street Narcotics Tactical Enforcement Unit, where he served high risk search warrants, arresting those in narcotic activity. He transferred to the Administrative Squad in February 1999, where he interviewed individuals arrested by undercover detectives, recorded video of residences slated for search warrants and coordinated search warrants and case files with prosecutors. Sergeant Hunter has also served in the Gang Squad, the Drug Enforcement Unit, and assisted the DEU Undercover Squad. During his time in the Interdiction Unit, he has recovered cash and narcotics worth tens of millions of dollars from narcotics dealers and couriers.
The Board took a recess at 10:19 a.m. and resumed at 10:25 a.m.
2. Councilperson Alissa Canady.
Councilperson Canady spoke about the ongoing violence in the city. She noted that crime statistics are trending up, with African-Americans between 24 and 40 years old most impacted; this trend reflects an increase in the age of those most impacted which used to start at 17 years old. She explained the need for establishing community resource centers to help coordinate support groups for victims’ families and intelligence gathering to help positively impact the areas most affected by violence around Kansas City. Ms. Canady stated the locations and funding for these resource centers are still needed. She expressed that it is very important to engage families and neighborhoods in being part of the solution. Ms. Canady invited the Board and the community to take part in this process to make Kansas City a safer community.
Ms. Canady also emphasized the need for access to the OCC on the police department’s website.
3. Chief Darryl Forté.
Deputy Chief Bob Kuehl spoke for the Chief in his absence and said he had nothing for general discussion at this time.
4. Approval of minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt with a second by Commissioner Brooks, to approve the minutes of the December 12, 2016, Board Hearing, and the December 13, 2016, open Board meeting. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
5. Executive Services Bureau.
Deputy Chief Patty Higgins presented the following items for Board approval:
a. Portable License Plate Readers.
A memorandum dated December 27, 2016, was presented to recommend sole source approval to purchase the Automated License Plate Readers and equipment from Electronic Technology, Inc. at a cost of $175,915.80 and Verizon cellular data cards at a cost of $1,600.00 for a total expenditure of $177,515.80.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader, with a second by Commissioner Brooks, to approve the purchase of Automated License Plate Readers and equipment from Electronic Technology, Inc. at a cost of $175,915.80 and Verizon cellular data cards at a cost of $1,600.00 for a total expenditure of $177,515.80. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
b. Budget Transfers for Fiscal Year 2016-17.
A memorandum dated December 29, 2016, was presented to recommend the approval of budget transfers. This budget transfer will affect the General Fund, Police Drug Enforcement Fund, and the Police Grants Fund.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Mayor James, to approve the budget transfers as presented. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
c. Ordinance to Increase Jackson County Drug TAX (COMBAT) in Fiscal Year 2016-17.
A memorandum dated December 23, 2016, was presented which explained that funding from Jackson County Drug Tax (COMBAT) has increased since the Department’s budget was adopted. The increased funding allows the Department to increase sworn staffing by two. Deputy Chief Higgins presented an ordinance that provides additional funding for these positions through April 30, 2017.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader, with a second by Mayor James, to authorize submission of the proposed ordinance to the City Council. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
6. Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Deputy Chief Bob Kuehl presented the Academy Class Summary for January 2017. He noted that graduation will occur on May 5, 2017.
Deputy Chief Kuehl requested Board approval for the following consent agenda items:
a. Project #918, Creation of Personnel Policy, Department Forms
b. Project #676, Procedural Instruction, Persons with Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse Disorders
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Commissioner Shurin, to approve the consent agenda items. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
7. Investigations Bureau.
Deputy Chief Cheryl Rose presented the Board with the Investigations Bureau reports for December 2016.
Deputy Chief Rose said that to-date in 2017, there have been no homicides, compared to 8 at this time last year.
Deputy Chief Rose explained that information gathered at the conference in Phoenix showed our jail was significantly smaller than comparable cities around the United States. She stated that she believes judges in Kansas City are faced with many more parameters with regard to whom to put in jail because of the limited space. Deputy Chief Rose also stated that the Department’s goals from the conference include gathering information about who is in jail, and enhancing intelligence gathering efforts with federal partnerships and KC NOVA.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt had a question about information gathered at the conference in regards to the drive-by shootings around the city. Deputy Chief Rose stated that the numbers of aggravated assaults and drive-by shootings are increasing because of the new gun laws in Missouri and people with guns in their cars.
Board members discussed the factors that have played a part in violence in the city throughout the years. Mayor James stated that the internal workings of the Department need to come together to figure out what efforts are helping to decrease the violent crimes in Kansas City. Mayor James also explained that community policing needs to be a joint effort between the citizens and the Department in order to see results that make Kansas City a safer place.
Referring to the Monthly Crime Summary report provided by the Patrol Bureau Office, Board members discussed Department manpower and the effect it has on the violence in the city. Deputy Chief Rose stated that the first meeting related to the staffing study will take place this afternoon, to see how the Department is allocating its manpower.
8. Administration Bureau.
The Board welcomed Deputy Chief Karl Oakman and congratulated him on his promotion to Deputy Chief on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Deputy Chief Oakman presented the Regional Criminalistics Division monthly statistics for January 2017.
9. Patrol Bureau.
Deputy Chief David Zimmerman presented the Monthly Crime Summary dated November 2016.
Deputy Chief Zimmerman submitted the Traffic Summary for the month of December 2016. He explained that traffic citations are down due to Traffic Officers being called to block traffic and streets at major crime scenes to help free up District Officers so that they are able to answer other calls.
Deputy Chief Zimmerman provided the Board with the 2016 Year-End Fatality Report. Fatalities for the year 2016 totaled 68, which was the same number of fatalities in 2015.
The Board members commended KCPD Officers for all their hard work and dedication to the job.
10. Professional Standards Division.
Captain Lionel Colon spoke for Major David Bosworth in his absence. Captain Colon presented the OCC Investigations Summary dated January 3, 2017.
Captain Colon also stated that the Department is currently working to set up access for the OCC online, in regard to Councilperson Canady’s request.
Captain Colon introduced the new OCC Director, Merrell Bennekin.
11. Human Resources.
Director Meredith Rund presented the Personnel Summary dated December 31, 2016. For this time period, Department strength is 1,296 law enforcement and 513 civilians. She noted that the Department added 17 new officers in January following the latest Academy class graduation.
12. Office of Community Complaints.
Director Merrell Bennekin stated that OCC is currently going through a wholesale internal audit. He advised the Board that he will give a quarterly update. Director Bennekin also stated that the OCC goal for 2017 is to maintain the quality of investigations while increasing the level of transparency with the Department and community in terms of the internal operations of the OCC.
Director Merrell Bennekin explained that OCC complaints can be filed online at this time via email, and they are working on getting filing access on their website.
13. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 99.
Detective Errol Riggins spoke for Sergeant Brad Lemon in his absence and said he had nothing for discussion at this time.
14. Scheduled meetings.
The Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri has scheduled the following meetings:
Regular Meetings 2017:
February 14, 2017
March 7, 2017
April 11, 2017
May 9, 2017
June 13, 2017
July 11, 2017
August 15, 2017
September 12, 2017
October 10, 2017
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
All of these scheduled meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, and seconded by Commissioner Rader and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 11:34 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 October 20, 2016, 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, January 10, 2017, 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 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.
Below are the votes from the closed session of the Board of Police Commissioners meeting on January 10, 2017:
1) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to go into closed session to discuss litigation matters and personnel matters. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
2) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Brooks, the Board voted to approve the applications for continued employment of Detective Wayne Fitzner and Major James Connelly. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
3) 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 December 13, 2016. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
4) 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 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
Board of Police Commissioners Minutes