June 16, 2015, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, Kansas City.
Commissioner Alvin L. Brooks, President
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt, Treasurer
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr., Member
Darryl Forté, Chief of Police
Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney
Commissioner Michael C. Rader, Vice President
This meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m. by Commissioner Brooks.
The invocation was provided by Pastor Dennis Dewey.
- Awards and commendations.
The Special Unit Citation was awarded to the members of the Information Services Division and a Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to the RF Fisher Electric Company for their tireless and diligent work installing and relocating technology for department members. Since 2008 the police department has opened three new facilities and renovated two others. Members of the Information Services Division and RF Fisher Electric Company have worked to install and relocate technology (computers and phones) for 470 department members into new workspaces.
A Special Unit Citation was presented to the Purchasing Section and a Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Interior Designer Marcia McCown, for the beautiful, functional, and comfortable workspaces that were designed for the new and renovated department facilities. Since 2008, Ms. McCown, in collaboration with the Purchasing Section, has helped 470 department members relocate into new surroundings. The Purchasing Section is essential to making these major building projects successful and Purchasing Section members went above and beyond what was expected of them in their normal job description to get the job done.
The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Officer Jason Cooley for the continuation of his retired father’s legacy of bringing positive police interactions with members of the community. Officer Cooley has developed and continues to develop relationships that benefit EPD and the entire police department. Officer Cooley is known throughout east zone and the community relies on his advice, help, and coordination on all things police and beyond.
The Board took a recess at 10:20 a.m. and resumed the meeting at 10:25 a.m.
- Councilman John Sharp. Councilman Sharp said that last Thursday the City Council passed an ordinance to enhance the fines for some of the more serious offenses that are heard in Municipal Court. Because the local Circuit Court is overwhelmed, many times serious crimes are heard in Municipal Court. Maximum fines were raised for crimes such as assault, attempted assault, child abuse, sexual child abuse, witness intimidation, etc. Councilman Sharp said they hope to raise the maximum fine for drunk driving as well.
Councilmans Sharp said the City Council will consider an ordinance that would allow the City ordinance for driving while revoked or suspended to mirror the state law.
He said a Channel 5 newcast is scheduled for June 24, 2015, on the topic of domestic violence. Counilman Sharp complimented the police department on the use of lethality assessment reports.
Councilman Sharp said his term is coming to an end in July. He encouraged the police department to bring any topics to the Public Safety Hearings that will occur in July.
He again encouraged the command staff and other members of the police department to subscribe to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Intelligence Report” which provides valuable information about domestic terrorists, hate groups, and anti-government groups.
- City Architect’s report.
Mr. Eric Bosch and Treanor Architects presented an “animated flyover” of the future design of the new NPD. Construction bids will be received next Tuesday for NPD.
With regard to EPD, Commissioner Brooks asked for a tour. Mr. Bosch said once the sitework and some of the parking is finished, he will schedule tours for the Board members. He said a lot of progress has been made on the interior of both buildings. Over the past couple of weeks painting has been done and ceilings have gone in. A gymnasium floor will be installed in the multi-purpose room, and a raised floor will be installed in the crime lab main office area.
- Approval of minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt with a second by Mayor James to approve the minutes of the May 19, 2015. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
- Chief Darryl Forté. Chief Forté said he attended the PERF and National Executive Institute/Major Cities Chiefs meeting a couple of weeks ago. Some of the topics discussed at these meetings were officer terminations are becoming more difficult around the country due to relationships with collective bargaining groups, minority recruitment and retention, and institutional racism. Chief Forté said Chiefs are finding out that they can no longer sit behind their desks and rule the agency; they must be the face of the agency and get out into the community. Chief Forté said our department has been doing this for years. Also discussed was the role that the news media plays during civil unrest. Some news stations make false reports to create newsworthy chaos. Chief Forté said the news media in Kansas City has not done this and he hopes they continue to act responsibly.
Other discussions included the topic of internal sabotage caused by disgruntled commanders and those with no goals. He said if any department members are found acting in this manner it will be addressed.
Chief Forté discussed “de-policing” that is occurring in some cities. This has not occurred in Kansas City.
Chief Forté said he was allowed 10 minutes at the PERF town meeting to discuss tactical disengagement. He said many agencies do not agree with tactical disengagement and some of these same cities are having serious problems in their communities. A representative from the United Kingdom that was in attendance said in their country it is referred to as “tactical retreat” and they have had three police shootings in the last 12 years. He said most of their officers are not armed, however, they do have an armed squad that is utilized when necessary. He said they train differently than the United States. The Chief said the police department is trying to change the way of thinking on this, to perhaps disengage when appropriate, and use critical thinking and other tactics.
Chief Forté attended a meeting with Elevate KC recently. He said this is a faith based group where 100’s of people in attendance at the meeting offered their support to the police. Chief Forté said they expressed their care and concern, and prayed for our entire organization.
Chief Forté said there are 50 employees on the Sergeant’s list. He has met with many of them and plans to meet with all the rest. He said they are an energized group of people who want to contribute. The Chief said they had open and authentic conversations with him that he greatly appreciated. He said he congratulated them and discussed the vision and mission statement. He also reviewed the strategic objectives with them.
Chief Forté emphasized taking care of our employees and offering “rest breaks” for those on duty who have been witness to or are dealing with the aftermath tragic events while on working their shift. Chief Forté plans to emphasize wellness in the strategic plan. Chief Forté wants to encourage officers to take breaks because the job stress can lead to officers acting in ways that may not be appropriate. This decision is in light of a recent incident in McKinney, Texas, where a police officer who had responded to two tragic calls in a row then overreacted at a call involving juveniles at a pool party. Chief Forté said he would rather field complaints about too many officer’s cars gathered for a lunch/dinner break at a restaurant rather than deal with the aftermath of a tragic event that occurred because an officer had overreacted. Chief Forté emphasized the importance of taking care of “us.”
Chief Forté also discussed how officers across the nation are injured and killed in automobile accidents, which along with gunfire and heart attacks are the leading causes of officer deaths. He said the police department is looking into changing the way we position and park our patrol cars while handling police calls and traffic incidents to help avoid further accidents.
Chief Forté also dicussed call prioritization.
Commissioner Brooks agreed that there can never be too much discussion about the job stress felt by police officers and first responders.
Commissioner Brooks said he is pleased that those on the Sergeant’s list are employees who want to challenge the “status quo.” He agrees that institutions need to be challenged to bring about change.
- Executive Services Bureau. Deputy Chief Patty Higgins presented the following items for approval.
a. Worker’s Compensation escrow account authorized employer representative form. A memorandum dated June 2, 2015, was submitted to request Board signature on the “Authorized Employer Representative” form.
b. Pledgee agreement form. A memorandum dated June 2, 2015, was submitted to request Board signature on the “Pledgee Agreement Form.”
c. Board resolutions and signature cards for department accounts. A memorandum dated June 2, 2015, was submitted to request Board signature on UMB Bank signature cards for department accounts.
A motion was made by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to agree to approve and sign items a., b., and c., as listed above. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
d. Adjustment to special revenue accounts for FY 2015-16. A memorandum dated June 4, 2015, was submitted to recommend approval of adjustments to the Federal Seizure & Forfeiture Fund. This memorandum is marked attachment “A” and made a part of these minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Mayor James to approve the adjustments to special revenue accounts as presented. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
e. Supplemental appropriations for FY 2015-16.
A memorandum dated June 5, 2015, outlined the the request for supplemental appropriations for the Board to increase revenue and appropriations in the Academy overtime account. The City is providing $40,000 to cover the cost of overtime. This will provide self-defense tactics training to city employees. 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 Mayor James to approve the request for supplemental appropriations as presented. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
f. Budget transfers for FY 2015-16. A memorandum dated June 4, 2015, recommended budget transfers that will affect the general fund, police drug enforcement fund, and police grants fund. This memorandum is marked Attachment “C” 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 budget transfers as presented. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
- Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Deputy Chief Randy Hopkins submitted the basic training class summary for June 2015. He said the 154th EOC will graduate September 3, 2015, and the 155th will begin on June 23, 2015. The 155th EOC consists only of nine candidates, all from outside agencies, as there are no budgeted positions for this EOC.
Deputy Chief Hopkins recommended approval of the following consent agenda items:
a. Project #884, Personnel Policy, Administration of Leave, Family and Medical Leave
b. Project #855, Personnel Policy, Commendation and Honor Awards
c. Project #824, Personnel Policy, Americans with Disabilities Act
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Mayor James to approve the consent agenda items. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
- Investigations Bureau.
Deputy Chief Rose said there have been 34 homicides to-date for 2015, which is the same as 2014. She said 1,176 cases were presented to the prosecutor, and 799 were filed year-to-date for 2015.
Year-to-date there have been 89 drive-by shootings compared to 76 for the same time period in 2014. Five arrests have been made related to drive-by shootings. Commissioner Brooks expressed his concerns and frustration over drive-by shootings in the community. He would like to see members of the community take a stronger stance against this type of behavior.
- Human Resources.
Captain Bob McLees presented the personnel summary dated June 9, 2015. Current department strength is 1,366 law enforcement and 557 civilians. He said the police department has a total of 321 minority officers and 211 minority civilians.
- Administration Bureau. Deputy Chief Hundley presented the Regional Criminalistics Division monthly statistics for June 2015. He thanked Major Sharon Laningham for recognizing the Information Services Division.
Mayor James inquired about lab turn-around times. Deputy Chief Hundley said turn-around times are at times affected by the reduction in lab employees. Commissioner Brooks asked if the department still utilized outside contractors for some lab tests. Deputy Chief Hundley said it is mostly fingerprint comparison that is contracted out.
- Patrol Bureau. Major Robin Houston presented the monthly crime summary dated April 2015. A copy of the Crime Summary is marked as Attachment “D” and is attached to these minutes.
Major Houston submitted a revised Traffic Summary for the month of May 2015. This report is attachment “E” and is attached to these minutes.
Additionally, the May 2015 Executive Summary was distributed at the Board meeting. This report is attachment “F” and is attached to these minutes.
- Audit Committee update. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt said an Audit Committee meeting has been scheduled for June 24, 2015.
- Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt thanked Chief Forté, Major Sharon Laningham, and Mr. Eric Bosch for coming to the Clay County EDC Board meeting. She said it was a good presentation to explain the new NPD, as well as a discussion of Chief Forté’s vision for the police department as a whole.
- Scheduled meetings.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas CityTuesday, August 18, 2015
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas City
Thursday, June 18, 2015
A reunion will be held for former and current Police Chiefs, Mayors, and BOPC members.
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas City
Audit Committee Meeting:
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
10:00 a.m., Levy Craig Law Firm
1301 Oak, Suite 500, Kansas City
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, and seconded by Mayor James and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 11:18 a.m. and reconvene in closed session at 11:33 a.m. 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 February 24, 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, June 16, 2015, 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
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 June 16, 2015 (Commissioner Rader was absent due to illness):
1) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to approve the application for continued employment of Detective Brent Marchant. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted aye.
2) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to approve the application for continued employment of Sergeant Brian Baar. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted aye.
3) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to approve the minutes of the closed meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners on May 19, 2015, as corrected. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James 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 come out of closed session and adjourn. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted aye.
Board of Police Commissioner Minutes