May 10, 2016, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, Kansas City.
Commissioner Michael C. Rader, President
Commissioner Leland M. Shurin, Vice President
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt, Treasurer
Commissioner Alvin Brooks, Member
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr., Member
Darryl Forté, Chief of Police
Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney
This meeting was called to order at 10:10 a.m. by Commissioner Rader. Chaplain Keith Ratcliffe provided the invocation.
- Awards and Commendations.
A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Mr. Scott Lamaster for his outstanding assistance to the Kansas City Police Department. Mr. Lamaster’s non-profit organization, Taking it to the Streets, helps others in time of need, including police officers who must be at the scene of critical incidents for long periods of time. Mr. Lamaster and a team of volunteers, show up at these events with food for what can be hundreds of police officers and other first responders. Taking it to the Streets provided food for officers during the World Series in 2014, and for police and fire personnel when an apartment building went up in flames last fall at Independence and Prospect. The blaze killed two Kansas City firefighters and the investigation lasted for several days. Taking it to the Streets manned a trailer at the scene for 13 days, serving more than 2,000 meals to firefighters, police, and federal investigators. This fire investigation occurred at the same time that the Kansas City Royals were playing in the American League Championship Series in 2015 and Mr. Lamaster and his volunteers also responded to Royals Stadium at night to feed security personnel there. All of these meals are provided at no cost to those being served.
The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Sergeant Sean Hess, Master Police Officer Aric Anderson and Supervisor Rhonda Taylor for significant actions and ideas that contribute to department goals. The Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Ben Clapek, Laurie Cox, Peggy Gorenflo, Amber Pickman, Robin Reneau, Tracey Wade and Nancy White for their outstanding assistance to the Kansas City Police Department. In 2014, the Mid-American CIT Council identified the need for specialized training for area emergency telecommunicators because 911 call-takers and dispatchers are often the first point of contact for a person suffering from a mental health crisis. A committee was formed to identify the most beneficial telecommunicator CIT courses and CIT Squad members Sgt. Hess, MPO Anderson, and Supervisor Taylor worked with community health liaisons, Laurie Cox from Swope Health Behavioral Services, Petty Gorenflo from Tri-County Mental Health, and Robin Reneau and Nancy White from Truman Medical Center. They also worked with Tracey Wade from the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Amber Pickman from the Resource Development Institute and Ben Chlapek, EMS Director for MARC. Together they developed 15 modules tailored to local call-takers and dispatchers. Thus far, a total of 152 call-takers and dispatchers from around the metro area have already taken the course. KCPD plans to have all members of the Communications Unit receive CIT training by 2017.
The Life-Saving Award was presented to Sergeant Ryan Hoerath for his commendable actions in a life or death situation. On November 10, 2015, officers were called to the Holmes Bridge near 14th Street where they found a man looking over Highway 670 with one leg over the railing. Sgt. Hoerath initiated a dialogue with the man and engaged him in conversation for almost 30 minutes, but the man kept his leg over the railing and would at times appear to brace himself to jump. When the man turned his back for a brief moment, Sgt. Hoerath forcefully pushed the man away from the rail and tackled him to the ground. The man was immediately taken into protective custody without any injuries.
The Life-Saving Award was presented to Sergeant Marvin Forbes and Officer Jonathan Best for commendable actions in a life or death situation. On September 26, 2015, Sgt. Forbes was working as the desk sergeant at CPD when a civilian employee, who was going out to her car behind the station, saw a woman bleeding from serious injuries in the parking lot who was yelling for help. Sgt. Forbes, Officer Best and other officers exited the back door of CPD and found the woman was bleeding profusely from a stab wound to her head. Sgt. Forbes and Officer Best utilized first aid measures to control the bleeding until ambulance personnel arrived and transported her to the hospital. The suspects were found and taken into custody.
The Board took a recess at 10:23 a.m. and resumed at 10:34 a.m.
- Chief Darryl Forté.
Chief Forté offered his condolences to the family of KCK Detective Brad Lancaster who was killed in the line of duty yesterday. The Chief said it is also important to remember the officer who was forced to engage the suspect. Chief Forté thanked Sgt. Brad Lemon for representing KCPD at the KCK FOP lodge last night. Chief Forté, who was also in attendance at the KCK FOP lodge last night, said the KCK Chief Terry Ziegler was very appreciative of the assistance provided by this department.
Chief Forté said the KCPD annual police memorial ceremony is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., May 19, 2016, at police headquarters.
Chief Forté said he still has some concerns about the diversity of the command staff. Mr. Henry Lyons, President of the Olathe NAACP, presented diversity training at the KCPD organization development meeting last week.
Chief Forté said he continues to do his one-on-one, street level survey which gives him a good grasp of what is happening in the community. He also continues his one-on-one meetings with managers, directors, and commanders. Chief Forté also meets with the sergeants and has met with nearly 75 thus far.
The Chief said he is proud of department members, especially the sergeants. He said they are “hungry”, prepared, and they understand the importance of having good character and integrity. Chief Forté said he is looking forward to the future of everyone here.
With regard to recruiting, the Chief said when he is out in the community; he is at times asked what he is doing about recruiting. The Chief said he will then ask the person what have they done about recruiting and ask if they have referred anyone to the police department. The Chief recalled a story about meeting a security guard at a restaurant who is now going through the KCPD Regional Academy. Chief Forté said it is important to look for and reach out to people in our community, with good character, that may be a good fit for the police department.
Chief Forté said he encourages people to “challenge your assumptions” because we all come with biases. Some of us have been programmed with negative attitudes and recalled a negative story about a past FTO on the police department.
Chief Forté suggested that those who cannot change their mindset regarding their biases should not be allowed stay on the police department. He encouraged everyone to have the courage to stop and to report these negative behaviors.
Commissioner Rader acknowledged that police work is a very dangerous and mentally and physically challenging occupation. He inquired about the efforts that the police department is making to make counseling more readily available to police officers. Chief Forté said we recently designated a Wellness Commander in Human Resources. Chief said historically we have done a poor job of taking care of “us.” He said he recently put out a video related to the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse that is required training for all employees.
Commissioner Brooks said there was a time on the police department when black officers were only allowed to patrol the black neighborhoods. He said the police department has come a long way since then, and he feels fortunate to have lived long enough to witness and be a part of the change.
Chief Forté left the meeting at 10:49 a.m. and said he will return.
- City Architect’s report.
Mr. Eric Bosch thanked Director Linda Netzel and her staff for their patience in getting things finalized at the crime lab for moving in to the new lab facility. The police department is working on punch list items with the contractors.
Mr. Bosch said that tomorrow night; he and Major Sharon Laningham will accept another award for the new EPD campus, which is the Economic Development Corporation Cornerstone Award.
Mr. Bosch said construction at the new NPD is going well, slabs were poured and vertical walls will go up soon.
Commissioner Brooks offered applause for the Cornerstone Award.
- Approval of minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Mayor James to approve the minutes of the April 12, 2016, Board meeting. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Shurin to approve the minutes of the April 27, 2016, special Board meeting. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
- Executive Services Bureau. Deputy Chief Patty Higgins presented to following item for approval:
a. Midwest HIDTA Investigative Support Center Initiative MOU #G16MW0003A. A memorandum dated April 25, 2016, explained that the department recently received a Memorandum of Understanding from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for an award in the amount of $380,857 for the period beginning January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2017. This award is 100 percent federally funded. This program provides funding to combat the manufacture, sale, and use of illegal drugs. This award also funds the salary and benefits for two sworn and two civilian personnel, as well as vehicle leases, fuel, phone service, and travel expenses.
A motion was made by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to accept the Midwest HIDTA award in the amount of $380,857. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
- Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Deputy Chief Bob Kuehl submitted the basic training class summary for May 2016.
Deputy Chief Kuehl requested Board approval for the following consent agenda items:
a. Project #922, PPBM 746, Family and Medical Leave
b. Project #871, PI 10-02, Death Investigation
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader, with a second by Commissioner Shurin to approve the consent agenda items. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
- Investigations Bureau.
Deputy Chief Rose said that to-date; there have been 33 homicides in 2016, compared to 30 in 2015.
She said to-date 1,580 cases were presented to the prosecutor, and 907 were filed year-to-date for 2016.
Deputy Chief Rose commended our personnel who responded to the tragic and complicated crime scene yesterday when KCK Det. Brad Lancaster lost his life.
Year-to-date for 2016, there have been 105 drive-by shootings compared to 59 for the same time period in 2015. Commissioner Rader expressed concern about the 78 percent increase in drive by shootings from last year. Commissioner Rader asked if there is a link between one particular group of people or crimes that can account for this significant increase. Deputy Chief Rose said the Violent Crime Enforcement Division, which works closely with KC NoVA, will begin a more in-depth analysis of these crimes to discover a possible network of these crimes that may be related to other crimes. She said these crimes are often retaliatory.
- Human Resources.
Director Nick Nichols presented the personnel summary dated May 2, 2016. Current department strength is 1,336 law enforcement and 543 civilians.
- Administration Bureau.
Deputy Chief Hundley presented the Regional Criminalistics Division monthly statistics for May, 2016. Deputy Chief Hundley said the crime lab has been moving into their new facility last week and this week as well.
Commissioner Rader thanked everyone involved in the move, saying it must be a huge undertaking.
- Patrol Bureau.
Deputy Chief David Zimmerman presented the monthly crime summary dated March 2016. A copy of the Crime Summary is marked as Attachment “A” and is attached to these minutes. Deputy Chief Zimmerman noted that arsons are up in vacant houses in the East Patrol District. Deputy Chief Zimmerman said the usual response time graphs have been reconfigured and the graphs are now entitled, District Personnel Work Load. Mayor James requested response time information for the last 10 years. Mayor James also requested the number of officers working those years and the number of calls for service for each year.
Deputy Chief Zimmerman submitted the Traffic Summary for the month of April 2016. This report is marked attachment “B” and is attached to these minutes. Deputy Chief Zimmerman said currently there have been 15 fatalities this year, compared to 16 last year. The leading cause is speeding and failure to yield. Mayor James asked if failure to yield includes failing to stop at stop signs. Major Shawn Wadle said up until this year failing to stop at a stop sign was counted as failure to yield, however it has been changed. Mayor James asked if there has been a discernable change in the number of fatalities as a result of running red lights since the red light cameras have been removed. Major Wadle said no.
Deputy Chief Zimmerman also submitted the Executive Summary for April 2016.
Deputy Chief Zimmerman has been conducting research into the origination of the response time goals. He said he has been reading Board minutes from previous years and has read 1998 through 2002 thus far. Deputy Chief Zimmerman said that this research revealed the implementation of using response times as a performance measure, which continues today. He said the genesis for the discussion about response times occurred in late 1998 and was related to two special reports and one audit conducted by the City Auditor’s Office. One of the special reports covered performance measures for Patrol and Investigation. Up until December 2002, the reports contained average response times. Deputy Chief Zimmerman said at some point the department changed from reporting average response times to median response times, however, he has not yet found discussion of that in the previous Board minutes. He will continue to research the Board minutes. Deputy Chief Zimmerman noted that law enforcement literature has not described any tie between response times and the prevention of crime.
- Audit Committee update.
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt said that the results of the take-home car audit will be available next month.
- Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 99.
Sgt. Brad Lemon thanked Chief Forté for responding to the FOP lodge to offer condolences to the family and friends of KCK Detective Brad Lancaster. The family was very appreciative of the Chief being there. Sgt. Lemon said that tonight at 7:30 p.m., there will be a candlelight vigil at the KCK City Hall, 701 N. 7th Street.
With regard to peer counseling, Sgt. Lemon said that a policy is being created and more work needs to be done on it. The State of Kansas allows peer counseling for police officers, however, Missouri law does not. The FOP is pushing for new legislation in Missouri that will allow police officer peer counseling.
Sgt. Lemon said that last weekend members of FOP Lodge 99 and 102 went to the State Police Officer Memorial and provided a wreath. In addition, FOP members helped to escort some of the family members who attended the memorial ceremony.
Sgt. Lemon said the FOP Lodge partnered with KCPD Friends & Family and they held a nice event for Mother’s Day.
Sgt. Lemon said the FOP Lodge will begin to host “Third Friday” at the lodge and will provide food and drinks for FOP members and their families.
Commissioner Brooks inquired about whether or not the FOP Lodge has implemented a diversity committee. Sgt. Lemon said there is an eight person diversity committee in place and Jeff Hughley chairs this committee. Sgt. Lemon emphasized that the FOP is not the organization it once was, and that there had been a significant increase in minority membership within the FOP.
- Scheduled meetings.
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
- Commissioner Leland M. Shurin.
Commissioner Shurin thanked Alexander Open Systems, COMBAT, Firehouse Subs, and the Police Foundation of Kansas City, who donated equipment to the police department. Commissioner Shurin congratulated the police department for their excellent work during yesterday’s tragic event involving KCK Detective Brad Lancaster.
- Commissioner Alvin Brooks.
Commissioner Brooks asked Sgt. Lemon if he could repeat the details of the candlelight vigil for Det. Lancaster. Sgt. Lemon said it will be held at 7:30 p.m. this evening at KCK City Hall.
With regard to recruiting, Commissioner Brooks said the police department is doing a great job and will continue to do so.
A motion was made by Commissioner Brooks, with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 11:31 a.m. and reconvene in closed session as provided in the following resolution. Following a roll call the vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted aye, Commissioner Rader voted aye, Commissioner Shurin voted aye, Commissioner Brooks voted aye, and Mayor James voted aye.
WHEREAS, notice of the board meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners was given on January 15, 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, May 10, 2016, at KCPD Headquarters, Kansas City, for the purpose of discussing personnel matters, litigation matters, and security matters, with the Board finding that disclosure would impair the Board’s ability to protect the security or safety of persons or real property, and that the public interest in nondisclosure outweighs the public interest in disclosure of the records.
The following Commissioners were present and voted to go into closed session as follows:
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt – Aye
Commissioner Leland M. Shurin – Aye
Commissioner Michael C. Rader – Aye
Commissioner Alvin Brooks – 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 May 10, 2016:
1) Following a motion by Commissioner Brooks and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to approve the duty-related disability retirement of Officer Paul Russo. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Brooks voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, and Commissioner Rader 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 Officer Brandon Pegg. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Brooks voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, and Commissioner Rader voted Aye.
3) Following a motion by Commissioner Shurin and a second by Mayor James the Board voted to approve the duty-related disability retirement of Officer Aaron Shillcutt. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Brooks voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, and Commissioner Rader voted Aye.
4) Following a motion by Commissioner Brooks and a second by Mayor James, the Board voted to approve the duty-related disability retirement of Officer Adam Baker. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Brooks voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, and Commissioner Rader voted Aye.
5) 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 April 12, 2016. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Brooks voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, and Commissioner Rader voted Aye.
6) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to go into special closed session to discuss personnel matters. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Brooks voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, and Commissioner Rader voted Aye.
7) Following a motion by Commissioner Brooks and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to come out of special closed session and adjourn. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Brooks voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, and Commissioner Rader voted Aye.
Board of Police Commissioner Minutes