March 24, 2015, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, March 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 9:06 a.m. by Commissioner Brooks.
The invocation was provided by Police Chaplain Bilal Muhammad.
- Awards and commendations.
The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Retired Major Michael Corwin for the development of the Law Enforcement Resource Center (LERC). Major Corwin was tasked with organizing the center, finding a facility for it, and developing the software for the center’s use. The result is combined criminal analysis, intelligence analysis, and real time crime center. The LERC has been instrumental insolving cases and preventing crime.
The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Officer Jason Quint for his 6½ year commitment to the tactical response team. Officer Quint participated in nearly 100 Operation 100’s, served or helped serve approximately 200 search warrants, participated in more than 50 dignitary protection details, and served at more than 150 funerals. Additionally, for the last 1½ years Officer Quint has been his squad’s primary sniper for Operations 100’s.
The Certificate of Commendation was presented to Officer Josette Young for her exceptional work in disrupting a national fraud group that had been committing fraudulent crimes at Target Stores throughout the country and in Kansas City. This organized criminal group had been using fraudulent high value manufacturer’s coupons to purchase merchandise and then exploited Target’s return policy for cash and gift cards. The group had used approximately 20,000 coupons in 3,300 incidents and caused $4 million in losses.
The meeting took a recess at 9:15 a.m. and resumed at 9:21 a.m.
Commissioner Brooks introduced the KCI Police Chief Steve Newman who was in attendance.
- Public comments.
Mr. Virgil Jordan discussed “Peaceful Solution” which is an education program that teaches the development of positive moral character. He said people in our communities do not show respect for one another and positive character traits must be taught. He left handouts for the Board.
Ms. Zandra Chase-Johnson discussed the death of her brother, Robert Lee Chase, that occurred in 2012. She said her family is not satisfied with the investigation that was conducted and they need more answers. Chief Forté told her that he would have someone contact her. Deputy Chief Hundley said he would speak to her.
With regard to the Second Chance Program, Chief Easley said 950 people have received resource information from the program. Of 151 persons who sought employment, 99 have been placed in part-time or full-time positions.
3. Councilman John Sharp. Councilman Sharp thanked Councilman Reed for his participation on the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee. He said Councilman Reed is the Vice Chair of this committee.
Councilman Sharp said that KCPD parking control officers brought a situation to him with regard to persons who use wheelchair accessible vans. He said city ordinance requires that all vehicles parked on two-way streets to be parked on the right hand side of the street, however, wheelchair accessible vans have the lift on the right side. Sometimes this causes a wheelchair bound person to be let out in the dirt or mud. A new ordinance will be introduced to allow wheelchair accessible vans to be parked on the “wrong” side of the road.
Councilman Sharp said the South Kansas City Alliance will be putting together a public safety/crime prevention conference. He said he would appreciate the police department’s participation in this conference.
He said he recently attended the annual Congressional Cities Conference with the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C. Councilman Reed is on the Board of the National League of Cities. At this meeting the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson talked about the increase in lone wolf, internet connected, terrorist incidents and that this is becoming a predominant threat.
Councilman Sharp provided a copy of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report. He said it would be beneficial for all police department command staff and Board members to receive this publication. This publication contains a state-by-state map that pinpoints locations of 784 hate groups across the country. There are 19 active hate groups in Missouri along with 27 additional anti-government groups. He said more extremists are migrating toward on-line networks. Councilman Sharp said it is important that public safety officials are made aware of this information.
Councilman Sharp thanked the Board for their leadership and thanked all officers on the department for what they do to keep the community safe.
- Police Foundation. Mr. Cyril Ritter, President of the Police Foundation, provided the Board with an update. Mr. Ritter said the first fundraising event, held in February, was a success, with 550 people, plus 70 officers in attendance. He thanked everyone for attending. This event raised $361,500. Next year’s event will be held Friday, March 4, 2016.
Mr. Ritter provided a brief overview of Foundation progress. He said that in 2012 the Foundation raised $87,000, in 2013 they raised $64,000, and sent fifteen officers to training, and participated in some pass through grants for K-9’s and K-9 vests. As of March 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015, the foundation has raised $669,000. The Foundation purchased a Care Trak® system for all six division stations, a 20-camera surveillance system, and sent a detective to specialized homicide training in New York and will send another this year.
The Police Foundation now has a website and a Facebook page. He asked for volunteers to assist with the website.
Mr. Ritter said that on March 2, 2014, he met with key members of KCPD and the City to discuss the camera project. Recommendations are being formulated.
Mr. Ritter will meet with this same group on April 6, 2015, and recommendations will be submitted to the Foundation Board on April 9, 2015.
The Board and the Chief expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Police Foundation.
- City Architect’s report. Commissioner Brooks congratulated Mr. Eric Bosch for receiving the Capstone Award from the Kansas City Business Journal for the headquarters renovation project.
With regard to headquarters, Mr. Bosch said the project is nearly complete, inside and out.
The NPD design project is in progress. The design documents have been submitted to Federal Aviation Administration for their review. The FAA reviews for building glare, trees that would attract birds, and water areas where reflectivity would be a problem. The drawings have also been sent out for project cost estimates. Mr. Bosch said he should have all of this information in the next couple of months for presentation to the Board.
Mr. Bosch said the EPD/Crime Lab project is moving along swiftly. This month the building will have permanent water and electricity and by the end of next month the police building will have air conditioning.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt congratulated Mr. Bosch on the Capstone Award.
Mayor James also congratulated him on the award.
Mayor James asked about the Section 3 and WBE/MBE statistics. Mr. Bosch said the City is above the goals set for Section 3 and WBE/MBE. He will provide the information to the Mayor and Board via e-mail.
- Approval of minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader with a second by Mayor James to approve the minutes of the February 24, 2015, Board meeting. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
- Chief Darryl Forté. Chief Forté said he has been invited to do a video for the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. He said one month ago he was on a panel in New York city and there was a discussion about fair and impartial policing and reconciliation. Chief Forté said he brought up the topic of internal reconciliation within police departments. Three different organizations have asked the Chief to speak on this topic.
Chief Forté said that KCPD is not promoting the use of KCPD facilities or parking lots for Craigslist transactions. This creates too much liability for the police department. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked what would be an appropriate location for these types of transactions. Chief Forté recommended using other public places.
The next Patrol Division community forum will be held within the next 30 days. Deputy Chief Kuehl will be in charge of this.
Chief Forté said he will propose state legislation to require the mandatory reporting of officer involved shooting data.
He said we must be progressive as a police department. He said he speaks to officers on a regular basis and they have great attitudes and are managing well.
Commissioner Rader asked when the Board can expect a report from the body camera task force. Chief Forté said Deputy Chief Hopkins will report on this at the next Board meeting.
- Executive Services Bureau. Deputy Chief Patty Higgins presented the following items for approval.
a. KCTEW sub-recipient agreement. A memorandum dated March 10, 2015, recommended Board acceptance of the second amendment to the Kansas City Terrorism Early Warning program sub-recipient agreement which increased the funding from $264,324 to $333,562, and extends the period of performance from August 31, 2014 to August 31, 2016.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to accept this second amendment as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
b. EPD/Crime Lab furniture, fixtures, and equipment. A memorandum dated March 5, 2015, recommended approval to purchase furniture, fixtures, and equipment from 13 different vendors at a cost not to exceed $3,924,859. The vendors are as follows: Encompass/Haworth, Business Interiors by Staples, John A. Marshall Company, Office Works Scott Rice, Spaces, Southwest Solutions, Alexander Open Systems, IP Vision, World Wide Technology, R.F. Fisher, Dell, Inc., MediaSolv Solutions, Inc., and Electronics Supply. The purchase will be made utilizing cooperative contracts, GSA contracts, and sole source purchases.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and Mayor James had questions about the purchase. Major Mozzicato and Mr. Paul Kies provided clarification.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the purchase of furniture, fixtures, and equipment from 13 different vendors at a cost not to exceed $3,924,859. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
c. FY 2014-15 KCIP modification. A memorandum dated March 20, 2015, recommended approval of the modification of the FY 2014-15 award for KCIP (Kansas City Interdiction Task Force) grant in the amount of $40,586.06. This modification will increase the initial amount of the funding to $216,375.14.
A motion was made by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to accept the modification of the FY 2014-15 award for the KCIP grant in the amount of $40,586.06. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
d. Bid No. 2015-1, ballistic protection vests. A memorandum dated March 4, 2015, recommended approval for the split award of a one-year contract to provide ballistic protection vests to Alamar Uniforms and Ed Roehr Safety Products. The total anticipated expenditure is $198,761.
A motion was made by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the one-year contract with Alamar Uniforms and Ed Roehr Safety Products for ballistic protection vests for the total anticipated expenditure of $198,761.
The vote was 4-0 in favor.
e. Budget transfers for FY 2014-15. A memorandum dated March 11, 2015, 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 Wasson-Hunt and a second by Mayor James to approve the budget transfers as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
f. Proposed fee schedule for FY 2015-16. A memorandum dated March 12, 2015, recommended approval of the new fee schedule for the police department.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Mayor James too approve the FY 2015-16 fee schedule. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
g. Internet upgrade and firewall equipment replacement. A memorandum dated March 12, 2015, recommended approval for the installation of two additional internet circuits from Time Warner Cable for the annual cost of $37,800, and the purchase of Cisco hardware and professional services from Alexander Open Systems utilizing the State of Kansas contract at a cost of $125,065.57. The total anticipated expenditure is $238,465.57.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the internet upgrade, hardware, and professional services for the total anticipated expenditure of $238,465.57. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
h. Adjustments to special revenue accounts for FY 2014-15. A memorandum dated March 16 2015, recommended an adjustment in the special revenue account to support the federal seizure and forfeiture fund ($57,746). 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 4-0 in favor.
- Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Major Rich Lockhart spoke for Deputy Chief Hopkins in his absence. Major Lockhart submitted the basic training class summary dated March 16, 2015. He said the 153rd EOC will graduate on April 16, 2015, and the 154th EOC will graduate on September 3, 2015. The citizen’s academy will graduate in May 5, 2015, and there are 69 attendees. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked why there has been such an increase in citizen’s academy attendees. Major Wayne Stewart said he believes that there is more interest due to recent events across the country that focus on the police.
Major Rich Lockhart presented the following consent agenda items for approval:
- Project #801, Procedural Instruction 09-7, Reporting Case Clearances
- Project #834, Procedural Instruction 01-10, Computerized Police Information Systems
- Project #799, Procedural Instruction 09-3, Call Prioritization
- Project #857, Personnel Policy 760-1, Administration of Leave
- Project #856, Procedural Instruction, Use of Department and Private Vehicles
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. Major John Mueller spoke for Deputy Chief Cheryl Rose in her absence. Major Mueller submitted the Investigation Bureau summary for February 2015.
Major Mueller said there have been 18 homicides to-date for 2015, with 16 for the same time period in 2014. He said 250 cases were presented to the prosecutor, and 209 were filed year-to-date for 2015.
Year-to-date there have been 22 drive-by shootings compared to 15 for the same time period in 2014.
- Human Resources. Director Nick Nichols presented the personnel summary for February 2015. He said the police department currently has 54 law enforcement vacancies and 89 civilian vacancies. Current department strength is 1,384 law enforcement and 570 civilians.
- Administration Bureau. Deputy Chief Randall Hundley presented the Regional Crime Lab statistics for March 2015.
Deputy Chief Hundley said he spoke with Ms. Chase-Johnson about the concerns expressed during the public comments portion of this meeting. He said the police department did extensive investigation and review of this case. He told her he will review the case again as will the current investigations personnel and he will get back with her.
- Patrol Bureau. Deputy Chief Kuehl presented the monthly crime summary dated January 2015. A copy of the Crime Summary is marked as Attachment “C” and is attached to these minutes. He said that LERC is reviewing the robberies and aggravated assaults to analyze any trends.
Commissioner Brooks said there are an overabundance of disturbances that involve firearms. He said lots of citizens now believe they need to carry firearms to protect themselves against criminals, however, sometimes carrying (and using) the gun makes them the criminal. Deputy Chief Kuehl said having a gun presents opportunities that were not there before, causing a different response to stress, road rage, etc.
Deputy Chief Kuehl submitted the February 2015 Traffic Summary. There were eight traffic fatalities in the month of February and five were single car accidents. A copy of the Traffic Summary is Attachment “D” and is attached to these minutes.
Deputy Chief Kuehl also submitted the February 2015 Executive Summary which is Attachment “E” and attached to these minutes. He said the calls received statistics were not available due to a software issue.
Commissioner Brooks asked if the police department is meeting their target response time. Deputy Chief Kuehl said the goal is 7.5 minutes for Priority 10 calls and to meet that goal 50 percent of the time. Officers were successful in meeting this goal 43.8 percent of the time with the average this year being 8.17 minutes. He said the police department stresses to the officers that they need to arrive safely and keep reasonable boundaries when responding to calls. There was a discussion about car chases.
Deputy Chief Kuehl provided a St. Patrick’s Day update. He thanked Officer Matthew Tomasic and Officer Octavio Villalobos from the Westside CAN Center for the idea to have officers make a “flashmob” dance video during the parade. This YouTube video has had nearly 200,000 views.
With regard to the parade, three juveniles were detained for disorderly conduct and one adult was arrested for property damage. In Westport there were four total arrests. He said the planning that goes into security for this event is very well done and it went smoothly this year.
Commissioner Brooks asked if there have been any incidents on the Country Club Plaza. Deputy Chief Kuehl said things have gone fairly well this year, and there have been a few minor incidents. The police department is being proactive with regard to this.
With regard to the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Mr. David Kenner asked if the parking problem in past years has been resolved. Deputy Chief Kuehl said 227 parking tickets were issued this year. Major Jim Connelly said the police department met with merchants along the route and received better clarification regarding parking.
- Major Steve Young. Major Steve Young presented the Private Officers License appeal of Keith D. Gray that recommended the denial of the unarmed license of Mr. Grey. The basis for the denial is outlined in Title 17 of the Code of State Regulations, Section 10-2.050 (3) (G) and (O). Mr. Grey received a felony conviction for DUI, which by statute prevents him from receiving the license.
Mayor James asked if there would be a conflict of laws if Missouri passes legislation that would allow citizens to carry a firearm without a CCW license. Major Young said he will look into this matter.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to uphold the denial of a private security license for Keith D. Grey. 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 reminded everyone that the raffle for Officer Jacob Ramsey is going on until April 1, 2015.
Sgt. Lemon said he will meet with Captain Brad Deichler to discuss going to local colleges to recruit student athletes who are graduating. It has been found that people in sports programs transition easily into law enforcement careers. Commissioner Brooks asked if the FOP has helped to recruit minorities. Sergeant Lemon said yes. Chief Forté said that Major Melvin Harvey and Sergeant Darrel Rocker have helped significantly in the effort to recruit athletes.
Sgt. Lemon said that on St. Patrick’s Day the FOP Lodge provided food and beverages to officers who were working during the parade.
He discussed line of duty deaths across the country, noting that they had increased 10 percent over last year, which itself was a high year.
- Mr. David Kenner. Mr. Kenner said that on February 26, 2015, he, Commissioner Brooks and Commissioner Rader had the opportunity to speak at the Kansas City Bar Association’s leadership academy program that was held at the police academy. This was organized by Ms. Virginia Murray. He said it was a popular program and that Ms. Murray did a wonderful job. He said it was an enjoyable time for them.
- Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. Mayor James said that last Monday night, he and Major Joe McHale made their pitch in Jefferson City for an armed offender docket in court. The court was represented by the Honorable Justine DelMuro, however, she had no comment. Mayor James said this pilot program has a decent chance for passage. He said the only negative thing that came out of the discussion was that the NRA representative offered some comments. He said the court is extremely resistant to it.
Mayor James asked if the police department has taken a position on the legislation that would eliminate the need for permits for CCW. Chief Forté said the police department has not taken a position as of yet. He said it is at the pleasure of the Board.
Commissioner Rader suggested that the Board hear from Andy Arnold at the next Board meeting to discuss on legislative issues. David Kenner said it may be difficult to get Mr. Arnold to attend the next meeting due to the legislative session currently in progress, plus we are getting the weekly reports from him.
- Commissioner Wasson-Hunt. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt thanked the police department for everything they did at the St. Patrick’s Day parade. She said the dance was a great idea and that anything that can be done to humanize the police is only to our benefit. She said it was a great public relations piece.
- Commissioner Alvin Brooks. Commissioner Brooks encouraged the Chief, the administration, and the FOP continue to collaborate on trying to make things safe for everyone, citizens and officers.
- Scheduled meetings.
Mr. Kenner confirmed the following meetings:
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
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
2:45 p.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas City.
The Board will vote on FY 2014-15 year end budget transfers.
Some Board members will participate by telephone.
In the matter of the disciplinary proceedings of Police Officer Jeffrey Holmes
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
8:30 a.m., 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 11:05 a.m. and reconvene in closed session at 11:17 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 January 29, 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, March 24, 2015, at KCPD Headquarters, Kansas City, for the purpose of discussing personnel matters, labor negotiations, 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
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 March 24, 2015:
1) 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 February 24, 2015. 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 Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to approve the duty-related disability retirement of Police Officer Megan Pisani. 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 approve the application for continued employment of Major Melvin Harvey. 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 Rader and a second by Mayor James, the Board voted to approve the application for continued employment of Detective James Svoboda. 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 Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to approve the duty-related disability retirement of Police Officer Jesse Jefferson. 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 Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Mayor James, the Board voted to go into special closed session to conduct personnel evaluations. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
7) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to increase the salary of Chief Darryl Forté by five percent from $177,975.00 to $186,873.75, effective December 31, 2014. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
8) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to increase the salary of Director I. Pearl Fain by five percent from $118,392.00 to $124,311.60, effective March 24, 2015. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
9) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Mayor James, 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.
Board of Police Commissioner Minutes