January 29, 2015, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Thursday, January 29, 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 (arrived at 9:59 a.m.)
Darryl Forté, Chief of Police
Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney
This meeting was called to order at 9:15 a.m. by Commissioner Brooks.
The invocation was provided by Pastor John Miles.
- Kansas City Crime Commission.
Former Chief Rick Easley presented the Crime Stoppers monthly update. Chief Easley said the Crime Stoppers Board raised the reward ceiling to $2000 in an effort to stimulate more calls.
Chief Easley said a new vehicle has been donated to Crime Stoppers and the KCPD courtesy of Randy Reed Buick-GMC. He
thanked Chief Forté and the KCPD Office of General Counsel for handling the details of the transaction.
He said the “KC’s Most Wanted” newspaper is still a valuable resource for law enforcement and it reached 400 arrests.
He said currently Crime Stoppers has received 4,870 web and text tips. He discussed the Text-A-Tip program in the
Northland which includes 29 schools. He said since August they have received over 150 tips and have been able to
intervene in four suicide attempts, recovered one firearm, and recovered some narcotic-laced gummy bear candy from a
school. These tips came from 19 different schools.
During 2014 there were 4,088 tips received via the TIPS Hotline, compared to 4,138 tips in 2013. A total of 142 fugitives
were arrested due to the TIPS Hotline.
Commissioner Brooks and Commissioner Rader thanked former Chief Easley for the work of the Kansas City Crime
- Councilman John Sharp.
Councilman Sharp thanked the police department for the excellent work in making arrests in the Alexis Kane murder. He also thanked the Crime Commission for publicizing the reward for information in this case.
Councilman Sharp said he plans introduce an ordinance dealing with remote starters. Currently, it is against city ordinance to leave an unattended car running because it can lead to auto theft. He wants the vehicles with remote starters to be exempt from this ordinance.
He suggested that state legislative proposals should be monitored because there may be laws introduced dealing with traffic stops, traffic fines, etc. He said some smaller cities get the bulk of their budget from traffic tickets. He said there are many legislators who are against using modern technology to enforce traffic laws, i.e., red light cameras and speed cameras.
Councilman Sharp provided the Board with two articles, one from “Scientific American” on the topic of body cameras, and another from the University of Kansas summarizing a research study on the topic of race and how it relates to investigatory police stops. Councilman Sharp said he is in support of the use of body cameras.
Councilman Sharp discussed a Canadian program called “positive ticketing” in which officers hand out small rewards to young people who are involved in doing something positive. He suggested that the Police Foundation consider a program such as this in their fund raising efforts.
- City Architects report.
Mr. Eric Bosch presented a video of the construction projects at police headquarters and EPD. He thanked everyone for their help in creating this video.
He said daily progress is being made on the new EPD/crime lab project. He said the exterior of the crime lab is finished, the roof is in place, and work is continuing on the interior.
With regard to the new NPD, a meeting is scheduled with the architects this afternoon to discuss design. Mr. Bosch said that possibly next month he will have some drawings of the building.
- Approval of minutes.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt suggested two minor changes to page 7 of the December 16, 2014 minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt with a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the minutes of the December 16, 2014, Board meeting as amended. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
- Chief Darryl Forté.
Chief Forté thanked police department staff for maintaining a high level of professionalism during this period of high police scrutiny.
Chief Forté said that one of his primary concerns is the well-being of department members. He has put out a video reminding members that the police department offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for those who may feel as though they need emotional help.
He sent out a special thanks to Congressman Emanuel
Cleaver, Senator Kiki Curls, Pastor John Miles, Pastor Kenneth Ray, and others who have reached out to the police department offering help and support. He also thanked Mr. Pat Clarke, the KCPD community outreach specialist.
Chief Forté said he will continue to publicly discuss issues of bullying, race discrimination, and fear-based management versus respect-based management.
He said Captain Dan Haley is in charge of a work group that is developing a comprehensive recruiting, training, and retention program. The Chief said the department needs a more comprehensive retention plan.
The police department has begun a Captain’s mentoring program in which a few of the members that will be promoted to Captain are not assigned to any one element, they are rotated through the police department until they are officially promoted. This allows for exposure to different elements before actually fulfilling the role of Captain.
Chief Forté said the police department is utilizing a revised performance review that begins this month. He thanked Human Resources Director Nick Nichols for his work on this project.
In regard to previous comments by Councilman Sharp, the Chief said he is in support of the ordinance that will exempt remote vehicle starters.
Chief Forté showed a video on the topic of violent crime in which Major Ron Fletcher was interviewed by KSHB-TV 41. Chief thanked everyone involved in helping to reduce violent crime. Commissioner Brooks thanked street officers who answer calls for service. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt said this video is a powerful marketing piece and reflects what the police department is accomplishing overall.
Commissioner Rader had some questions about the Captain’s promotional list and the mentoring program.
- Executive Services Bureau.
Deputy Chief Patty Higgins presented the following items for approval.
a. Midwest HIDTA Task Force Cooperative Agreement #G15MW0005A.
A memorandum dated January 15, 2015, recommended Board acceptance of the HIDTA grant in order to fund the Enforcement Task Force and Street Crimes Gang Squad. This award is from the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the period of January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. The total award is $1,005,405 and is 100 percent federally funded. At this time HIDTA is under continuing resolution and the Office of National Drug Control Policy will allow the police department to draw down 19.7 percent of the funds, which is $198,065.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to accept the Midwest HIDTA Task Force Cooperative Agreement in the amount of $1,005,405. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
b. Annual financial audit. A memorandum dated January 15, 2015, recommended Board approval to renew the first of four additional one-year periods of audit services with Cochran, Head, Vick & Company. The base amount is $70,115 which includes the audit of up to five major grant programs.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the renewal of the contact for auditing services with Cochran, Head, Vick & Company at a cost of $70,115. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
c. Installation of law enforcement emergency equipment. A memorandum dated January 14, 2015, recommended the approval for the award of a one-year sole source contract to provide law enforcement emergency equipment and installation services to KA-Comm, Inc. The total anticipated expenditure with a 20 percent contingency will be $330,000.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the contract with KA-Comm, Inc. in the amount of $330,000. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
d. Department wireless service-WSCA cooperative procurement contract. A memorandum dated January 7, 2015, recommended approval for the award of a one-year renewal to provide wireless service with Sprint through the Western States Contracting Alliance cooperative procurement contracts. The renewal period will be February 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. The total estimated expenditure to include a 10 percent fluctuation cost will be $851,061.36.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the one-year renewal for wireless service with Sprint for the total estimated expenditure of $851,061.36. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
e. Supplemental appropriations for FY 2014-15. A memorandum dated January 12, 2015, outlined the the request for supplemental appropriations for the Detention Unit and special technology. 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 Commissioner Rader to approve the request for supplemental appropriations in the amount of $830,000 as presented. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
f. Adjustments to special revenue accounts for FY 2014-15. A memorandum dated January 14, 2015, recommended an adjustment in the special revenue account to support the wellness program in the amount of $43,565. This memorandum is marked Attachment “B” 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 adjustments to the special revenue accounts as presented. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
g. Supplemental appropriations for JAG grant to support NoVA. A memorandum dated January 13, 2015, recommended approval of supplemental appropriations of $149,571 over two years from the JAG grant to support KC NoVA case workers. This memorandum is marked Attachment “C” and is made a part of these minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt approving the supplemental appropriations as presented. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
h. Budget transfers for FY 2014-15. A memorandum dated January 15, 2015, recommended budget transfers from the general fund and police grants fund. This memorandum is marked Attachment “D” 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 budget transfers as presented. The vote was
3-0 in favor.
Mayor James arrived at 9:59 a.m.
i. Third quarter projection of general fund activity. This item was presented as an informational item only. Mr. Paul Kies, from the Budget Unit, explained the budget deficit of $2.3 million dollars. He also explained how the police department would fund this deficit through the end of the year.
Mr. Kies explained that when the Board previously approved this budget for submission to the City in 2013, it was known that all positions are not filled for the entire year. He said that it is assumed that three precent of the positions would be vacant during the year, nearly $4 million, and the budget request was reduced by $4 million. Once the budget was submitted to the City, they assessed another $6 million in salary savings which equated to nearly four percent. Mr. Kies said this means a $10 million salary savings. Pensions went up so it was necessary to increase the budget to fund the pensions. The City did not have enough money to fund pensions so other funds were cut by $6 million. Thus, costs went up by $11 million and the budget only went up by $5 million, leaving a $6 million shortfall. He said there were other items that were underfunded such as health insurance, and the increase in health costs from two years ago. This created an additional deficit of $1.9 million.
Mr. Kies said the budget that was adopted for 2014 required approximately 174 positions to be vacant during the year. The police department was able to avoid layoffs. He said the police department has had to hold positions open and overtime is up about $1 million. During the last fiscal year the department had to transition all of the Microsoft products to Microsoft 7 in order to maintain CJIS compliance. Additionally, bringing on the LERC and other technology, the department’s software costs, maintenance, and licensing costs left the budget $1.3 million short. Also, the World Series costs were approximately $150,000. He said the year began $14.4 million behind. Mr. Kies said we have been able to achieve $5.1 million in salary savings and the lower gasoline prices have saved approximately $800,000. Because of these savings the current shortfall is $2.3 million.
Mr. Kies said the health insurance contract allows the police department to participate in cost savings and in FY 2014 the department received a refund of about $1.9 million, a portion was refunded back to the employees leaving $1.6 million for the department. The department received a refund this year in the amount of nearly $900,000 which provided $2.5 million in health refunds. This was applied toward the deficit. The City provided an additional $2.4 million in supplemental appropriations. There was also another $1 million saved in pensions. The $8 million dollar shortage was partially relieved by $6 million in refunds, leaving the remaining $2.3 million deficit for the current year.
The third quarter projection reflected 118 vacancies. An academy class of 10 will begin in February which will reduce the vacancies to 108, 35 law enforcement and 73 civilian vacancies.
Mr. Kies said that due to the manner in which the payroll dates fall (payroll is paid every two weeks-10 weekdays), typically 27.1 pay periods per year, and with additional salary savings, the $2.3 million deficit will be covered.
Next year, the police department may be facing an $8,300,000 deficit, plus $3,200,000 for required raises, leaving an extra $11,500,000 that will be needed tin the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The Board thanked Mr. Kies for his work on these budget matters.
j. Budget transfers for FY 2014-15. A memorandum dated January 23, 2015, recommended budget transfers from the general fund and police grants fund. This memorandum is marked Attachment “E” 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 budget transfers 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 January 21, 2015. He said the current EOC class will graduate in April 16, 2015. A new class will begin on February 17, 2015, that will consist of KCPD recruits and some outside agency recruits.
Deputy Chief Hopkins presented the following consent agenda items for approval:
- Project #841, Personnel Policy, Training Requirements and Records
- Project #802, Procedural Instruction, Police Radio Communications
- Project #528, Personnel Policy, Clothing Maintenance Allowance
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. Commissioner Rader requested redlined revisions of policy changes in the future.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked if the police department has reviewed the current drug use policy in light of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. Chief Forté said the department has not, however, if the same law passes in Missouri the policy may need to be revised. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked for a copy of the policy.
- Investigations Bureau.
Deputy Chief Cheryl Rose submitted the Investigation Bureau summary for December 2014.
There have been nine homicides to-date for 2015, with eight for the same time period in 2014. She said in 2014 the department experienced one of the highest homicide clearance rates in many years. Deputy Chief Rose thanked Investigations personnel as well as other department personnel who helped to achieve these results. She also thanked everyone that was involved in the the Alexis Kane homicide investigation. Suspects were identified and charged within two weeks.
She said 3,339 cases were presented to the prosecutor, and 2,538 were filed for 2014.
For the year 2014, there were 202 drive-by shootings with 236 for 2013.
Commissioner Brooks discussed homicides, drive-by shootings, assaults, and the proliferation of guns. He said the more cars that are stopped for legitimate reasons, and KC NoVA continues to do their work, he believes that the numbers will improve. He thanked all officers who put their lives on the line to do this very difficult job.
Mayor James said that about 50 percent of the homicides are related to specific groups or gangs. He said KC NoVA is trying to address this, however, it is difficult to address the issue of homicides that occur in homes involving family members.
- Human Resources.
a. Personnel summary. Director Nick Nichols provided some information that was previously requested by Commissioner Rader regarding the eligibility list for Captain. He said there were 31 people on the list and 12 have been promoted to Captain, seven have been assigned to units, and five are in the mentoring program.
Director Nichols presented the personnel summary dated January 12, 2015. Current department strength is 1,389 law enforcement personnel compared to 1,380 for this same time period in 2013. Civilian strength is 573 positions compared to 568 positions for the same time period 2013.
He said as of December 31, 2014, attrition was down slightly from 2013, the department lost six less people than the year before. There were nine more retirements, and fewer resignations.
With regard to the February EOC class, there will be nine KCPD recruits.
b. Renewal Blue Cross/Blue Shield Group Health, Dental, EAP, LTD, and life insurance benefits. Director Nichols presented a memorandum dated January 15, 2015, recommending the renewal of insurance coverage for the estimated costs as follows:
Health Plan – $24,056,000
Dental Plan – $154,000
Employee Assistance Program – $37,900
Life/AD&D/LTD – $215,000
Mr. Bob Charlesworth from Charlesworth Benefits, LLC, provided a brief summary of the plans. He said the police department claims are consistent and follow the national trend. He said nearly 60 percent of department members participate in the wellness programs offered. He said the plans are unchanged and include the wellness programs which is part of the overall insurance rate. There will be a 6.95 percent increase for the 2015-16 fiscal year, comprising 6.62 percent based on plan experience, and 0.33 percent due to the Affordable Care Act. The health insurance plan can be terminated on 30 days notice, but 60 days notice must be given to the employees.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the renewal of the health, dental, EAP, long term disability and life insurance benefits for a total amount of $24,462,900. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
c. Recruiting update. Deputy Chief Nichols provided a recruiting update as requested by Commissioner Brooks. He said the expectation is that everyone on the police department is a recruiter, to help sell the police department as a good place to work. Deputy Chief Nichols introduced the department recruiters, Captain Brad Deichler, Sergeant Joe Bediako, Officer Gordon Herndon, and Officer Joe Merino.
Sgt. Bediako said the responsibility of the Human Resources Division recruiters is to recruit, process, and hire the most qualified sworn and non-sworn applicants who reflect the diversity of the community. He said recruitment efforts are often targeted at community events, military, colleges, universities, and high schools. He provided an extensive list of events attended by recruiters during 2013 and 2014. He provided KCPD demographics for the period of 1997 through 2014, which showed how the department’s diversity has increased over the years. He also discussed constraints on recruitment.
- Administration Bureau.
Deputy Chief Randall Hundley presented the Regional Crime Lab statistics for January 2015.
- Patrol Bureau.
Deputy Chief Kuehl presented the monthly crime summary dated November 2014. A copy of the Crime Summary is marked as Attachment “E” and is attached to these minutes.
Deputy Chief Kuehl submitted the December 2014 Traffic Summary. There were seven traffic fatalities in the month of December 2014. He said this includes the tragic crash on December 27, 2014, on I-435, that killed five people. Commissioner Brooks said he could not see the journalistic significance of mentioning the driving record of the victim in this crash. He said that the local media created an injustice for this victim.
There were a total of 48 traffic accident fatalities during 2014, and 61 during 2013. Deputy Chief Kuehl said that 64 percent of the victims in these crashes were not wearing a seatbelt. He said this number continues to decline, however, efforts need to continue. He said the single most important thing an individual can do to increase their chances of staying alive in a traffic accident is to wear a seatbelt. A copy of the Traffic Summary is Attachment “F” and is attached to these minutes. Also submitted was the Year-End Fatality Report for 2014. A copy of this report is Attachment “G” and is attached to these minutes.
Deputy Chief Kuehl also submitted the December 2014 Executive Summary which is Attachment “H” and attached to these minutes.
Deputy Chief Kuehl thanked everyone, law enforcement and civilians, for appropriately managing the protests that occurred in Kansas City. He said he has been humbled by the professionalism he has observed and he is proud of everyone on the police department. He also commended the citizens for responding in kind and he said this is a big reason the protests stayed within the boundaries police had established.
Mayor James agreed and said everything was handled very professionally and no one could criticize the police for the way the protests were handled. He thanked Deputy Chief Kuehl and everyone involved.
- Major Steve Young.
Major Young’s usual report entitled Monthly Report, OCC Investigations, has been moved to the informational item portion of the agenda.
- Audit Committee update.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt had no new information to report regarding the Audit Committee.
- Office of Community Complaints.
Ms. Pearl Fain submitted the OCC monthly report, quarterly report, and semi-annual report. She said during December 2014, OCC received a total of 24 complaints, compared to 35 for the same period last year, a 31 percent decrease. There were 393 total complaints received for 2014, compared to 407 for 2013, a 3.4 percent decrease. During 2014, OCC submitted 205 total complaints to IAU.
- Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 99.
Sergeant Brad Lemon said he spent the majority of his first month as the new full-time FOP representative working on partnerships. He has made contact with the SAFE Foundation, Friends and Family Association, and the Retirees Association.
Sgt. Lemon said that on Monday a police officer was shot in Springfield and is currently in a medically induced coma. The FOP is in the process of accepting donations for the officer and his family. His injuries will end the officer’s career in law enforcement. The officer is a Blue Springs resident and his father is a Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy.
- Mr. David Kenner.
a. Board Resolution No. 10-01 and 05-06 regarding hearing procedures. Mr. Kenner said this is in follow up to Resolution 10-01 that was rescinded by the Board at the last Board meeting. Resolution 05-06 relates to disciplinary hearing procedures and must be rescinded as well.
A motion was made by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to rescind Board Resolution No. 05-06. The votes were 3-1 in favor:
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt – Aye
Commissioner Alvin Brooks – Aye
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. – Aye
Commissioner Mike Rader – No
- Scheduled meetings.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
9:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
9:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust
18. Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt congratulated the police department on the way that they managed the protests and the march. She said this was a statement as to the type of police department we have and the citizens of Kansas City are surely grateful.
19. Commissioner Alvin Brooks.
Commissioner Brooks made reference to a disturbance that occurred at a St. Louis meeting on January 28, 2015. He said this type of behavior further widens the gap between the community and the police.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, and seconded by Mayor James and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 11:05 a.m. and reconvene in closed session at 11:26 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 Thursday, January 29, 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 January 29, 2015:
1) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to approve the duty-related disability retirement of Police Officer Jonathan McGinness. 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 Rader and a second by Mayor James, the Board voted to approve the duty-related disability retirement of Police Officer Lloyd Mast. 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 Wasson-Hunt and a second by Mayor James, the Board voted to approve the applications for continued employment of Major Jim Connelly, Detective Wayne Fitzner and Reserve Sergeant Dwaine Folsom. Following polling, Mayor James voted aye, Commissioner Rader voted aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted aye.
4) 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 16, 2014. Following polling, Mayor James voted aye, Commissioner Rader voted aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted aye.
5) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Mayor James, the Board voted to go into special closed session to discuss personnel matters. Following polling, Mayor James voted aye, Commissioner Rader voted aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted aye.
6) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to come out of special 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 Board adjourned at 11:56 a.m.
Board of Police Commissioner Minutes