May 19, 2015, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at South Patrol Division, 9701 Marion Park Drive, 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 9:05 a.m. by Commissioner Brooks.
The invocation was provided by Chaplain Keith Ratcliffe.
- Awards and commendations.
The KCPD K-9 Section hosted the Heartland K-9 trials and seminar the week of October 21, 2014. Additional funds were needed to make this event a success and Ms. Fisher Brungardt, wife of Officer Jason Brungardt, took it upon herself to raise additional funds for this event. She received a Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding assistance and support. She raised $3,000 and meals for more than 25 attendees. She also made and sold K-9 t-shirts.
- Councilman John Sharp.
Councilman Sharp said he attended the legislative session in Jefferson City last week. He said this year very little legislation was passed including bills related to public safety. He specifically discussed the failure of the statewide 911 system bill that would have provided additional funding for the system in Missouri. Additionally, no changes were made to legislation which allows vehicles that are 10+ years old to be sold as scrap without showing a title.
Councilman Sharp thanked the police department for the rally at Linwood and Prospect and said it was a very good thing for the community. He also said that he appreciates the continued open house events that occur at the division stations. Councilman Sharp said these events give the community the opportunity to interact with officers and share information.
- City Architect’s report.
Mr. Eric Bosch said the headquarters renovation project has been nominated for the Cornerstone Award.
Mr. Bosch said the EPD project is moving along quickly, although recent rains have slowed things a little. J.E. Dunn has put together a document for the neighborhood that shows the site work that may affect travel in the neighborhood. Painting is being done inside of EPD and preparation is being done for the gymnasium in the multi-purpose building. With regard to the crime lab, sheetrock walls are being finished, as well as window installation. Also, the first layer of parking lot asphalt will go down soon.
Mr. Andy Pitts, from Treanor Architects, gave the Board a brief overview of the design and layout of the new NPD. Mr. Bosch said the City received clearance on the design from the FAA. Construction may begin in August 2015, assuming all plans are approved. Mr. Pitts provided photos and a fact sheet on the project. He said it will be a one-story building, with approximately 25,000 square feet. It is located on the east side of the Kansas City Airport property, just off of I-29 and 112th Street. He explained the drawings.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked how the parking area for the new NPD will compare with the parking at SCPD. She said the parking at SCPD fills up quickly. Mr. Bosch said he believes there will be more parking area at NPD, but he will verify. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked what is the capacity of the community room. Mr. Pitts said the capacity is approximately 50 people, plus there is an outdoor patio.
- Approval of minutes.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt requested a correction on page 12 of the minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt with a second by Mayor James to approve the minutes of the April 13, 2015, Board meeting as amended. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
A motion was made by Mayor James with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the minutes of the April 28, 2015, meeting as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
- Chief Darryl Forté.
Chief Forté thanked police department staff for the outstanding job in creating the annual report.
Chief Forté said that at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow there will be a youth and law enforcement forum, coordinated by the FBI, at the Bob Mohart Center. Anyone 13 years of age and older can attend.
Chief said two female officers recently graduated from “wheel school” (motorcycle training). This is significant because historically female interest in wheel school has been low and it has been 8-10 years since a female officer attended wheel school. It is a goal of the police department to recruit more female officers to attend wheel school. Additionally, he said that typically women do not work in traffic enforcement and the police department will create an eligibility list that will include women for these positions.
Chief Forté said that three months ago he began having deputy chiefs run the executive committee meetings, bureau commander meetings, and organizational development meetings. He does this to allow those in these positions to gain the experience.
Chief Forté said he met with Pastor John Miles of the Baptist Ministers Union, yesterday and Pastor Miles agreed to hold a faith-based leaders meeting with the police department commanders. The Chief said it is important for the commanders to know who the faith-based leaders are in the community. This meeting will occur in late summer.
Chief Forté said he will promote Captain Mark Francisco to the position of Major. Chief said there are many good employees on the police department and he gives the most credit to those who are the contributors and producers, not those looking for recognition. Commissioner Brooks agreed.
- Executive Services Bureau.
Deputy Chief Patty Higgins presented the following items for approval.a. HIDTA Investigative Support Center Initiative Cooperative Agreement #G14MW0003A. A memorandum dated May 5, 2015, recommended approval to accept additional funds in the amount of $99,688.37 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The new award total is $447,038.34.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the addendum to the HIDTA Investigative Support Center Initiative Cooperative Agreement in the amount of $99,688.37. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
b. Budget transfers for FY 2015-16. A memorandum dated May 8, 2015, recommended approval of budget transfers that will affect the general fund and the police grants 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 budget transfers as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
c. Disposal of containment vessel. A memorandum dated May 5, 2015, recommended that the Board sign the Federal Grant Asset Disposal Form for the containment vessel received in 2004. This vessel is being transferred to the Kansas Highway Patrol Bomb Squad with approval from MARC. The vessel was originally valued at $267,900.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the transfer of the containment vessel as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
- Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Deputy Chief Randy Hopkins submitted the basic training class summary for May 2015. He said the 154th EOC will graduate in September 2015.
Deputy Chief Hopkins recommended approval of the following consent agenda item:
a) Project #826, Re-employment of former department members.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Mayor James to approve the consent agenda item. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
- Investigations Bureau.
Deputy Chief Rose said there have been 30 homicides to-date for 2015, with 28 for the same time period in 2014. She said 239 cases were presented to the prosecutor, and 154 were filed year-to-date for 2015.
Year-to-date there have been 59 drive-by shootings compared to 54 for the same time period in 2014. Six arrests have been made related to drive-by shootings.
Commissioner Rader asked if the clandestine lab responses include HIDTA statistics as well. Deputy Chief Rose said she will find out.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked if there has been a change in the heroin use in Kansas City, with its use increasing and methamphetamine use declining. Deputy Chief Rose said KCPD met with St. Louis because they are having a significant problem with heroin use and have had over 100 overdose deaths. Black tar heroin is found more often in Kansas City, whereas white heroin is more common in St. Louis. Kansas City has not had the overdose deaths, however, more heroin is being recovered through interdiction. She said the police department will continue to closely monitor heroin in the community.
- Human Resources.
a. Workers’ Compensation and psychological services renewal, #2014-10.
Director Nick Nichols presented a memorandum dated April 8, 2015, recommending that the Board approve the contract renewal from CompAlliance for treatment of Workers’ Compensation injuries and psychological services related to pre-employment, critical incidents, fitness-for-duty, and retirement evaluations. The contract period is for January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Total costs paid to CompAlliance in 2014 was $282,226.33.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the contract renewal with CompAlliance as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
b. Occupational Health Services, renewal #2014-9. Director Nichols presented a memorandum dated April 8, 2015, recommending that the Board approve the contract renewal from Concentra Medical Centers for occupational health services. The contract period is for January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. The contract consists of services for pre-employment physicals, annual mandatory physicals, fitness-for-duty physicals, retirement evaluations, random substance abuse testing, and communicable disease exposure and treatment. Total costs paid to Concentra in 2014 was $65,923.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the contract renewal with Concentra as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
Director Nick Nichols presented the personnel summary for May 2015. Current department strength is 1,395 law enforcement and 570 civilians.
- Administration Bureau.
Deputy Chief Hundley presented the Regional Criminalistics Division monthly statistics for May 2015. He said the lab and IT have lost some employees due to retirements.
Commissioner Rader asked about the increased number of assaults. Deputy Chief Rose said more assaults and robberies are occurring between criminals with the majority of these crimes occurring in the urban core.
- Patrol Bureau.
Deputy Chief Kuehl presented the monthly crime summary dated March 2015. A copy of the Crime Summary is marked as Attachment “B” and is attached to these minutes.
Deputy Chief Kuehl submitted the April 2015 Traffic Summary. Through the month of April 2015, there were four traffic fatalities. The year-to-date fatality total is 14, which is the same as 2014 for the same time period. A copy of the Traffic Summary is Attachment “C” and is attached to these minutes. Deputy Chief Kuehl submitted the First Quarter Fatality Report for 2015. A copy of this report is Attachment “D” and is attached to these minutes.
With regard to the availability of calls for service statistics, Deputy Chief Kuehl said the system issues must be fixed. He said the police department relies on MARC for statistics because they oversee the 911 system, however, the police department is developing their own report so as not to rely on an outside source. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked for a future comparison of the numbers provided by MARC and the police department’s report.
Deputy Chief Kuehl also submitted the April 2015 Executive Summary which is Attachment “E” and attached to these minutes.
- Major Steve Young.
Major Steve Young presented the following Private Officers License appeals.a. Private Officers license appeal, Matthew G. Butler. The POLS recommended the revocation of the unarmed private security license of Mr. Butler. The basis for the revocation was outlined in Title 17 of the Code of State Regulations, Section 10-2.060 (8) (l). Mr. Butler was arrested on March 22, 2015, for possession of drugs and paraphernalia.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to deny Matthew G. Butler’s appeal of the revocation of his private security license. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
b. Private Officers license appeal, Joshua P. Webb. The POLS recommended the denial of the unarmed private security license of Mr. Webb. The basis for denial was outlined in Title 17 of the Code of State Regulations, Section 10-2.050 (3) (H). Mr. Webb was convicted for unlawful use of a weapon in Kansas City, Kansas, and convicted for possession of a controlled substance in Shawnee, Kansas.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to deny a private security license to Joshua P. Webb. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
Mayor James had a question about the date range of information provided on the Executive Summary and other patrol bureau reports. Deputy Chief Kuehl said the statistics reported in the Executive Summary are available immediately and does not require any analysis.
Commissioner Rader had a question about the 41.03 percent increase in “Administrative Yellow Sheets by Prosecutor.” Deputy Chief Rose said we have had an increase in the “credibility/cooperation of victim/witness” which has effected this percentage. David Kenner asked to what is this attributed. Deputy Chief Rose hypothesized that some of the more violent groups are less apt to cooperate in investigations.
Commissioner Rader asked if there was a way to determine how many of those in the category of “credibility/cooperation of victim/witness” were domestic violence cases. Deputy Chief Rose said she will look into the matter.
- Fraternal Order of Police.
Sgt. Brad Lemon thanked the department for allowing the Traffic Unit and TAC team to attend the State memorial service to honor fallen officers.
- Mr. David Kenner.
With regard to future Board meetings, David Kenner asked if the Board wanted to change the start time to 10:00 a.m. The Board agreed to change it to 10:00 a.m.
- Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt thanked Major Roger Lewis for a presentation he did for the Northland Chamber of Commerce Planning Committee at their recent public safety meeting. He did an excellent job.
- Public comments.
Mr. William Isgar expressed his concerns about his recent arrest and the towing of his car.
- Commissioner Alvin Brooks.
Commissioner Brooks thanked the Chief for his candor and good intentions for the police department.
Commissioner Brooks expressed his concern about the number of police chases that occur. He suggested more PSA’s for the community to let them know the dangers of running from the police.
- Scheduled meetings.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters
Community Room, 1125 Locust
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters
Community Room, 1125 Locust
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters
Community Room, 1125 Locust
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.
Community Room, 1125 Locust
Audit Committee Meeting:
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
10:00 a.m., Levy Craig Law Firm
1301 Oak, Suite 500
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader, and seconded by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 10:12 a.m. and reconvene in closed session at 10:22 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 March 30, 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, May 19, 2015, at the South Patrol Division, 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
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 May 19, 2015:
1) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to approve the applications for continued employment of Detective Ray Lenoir and Major Roger Lewis. 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 Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to approve the application for continued employment of Police Officer Charles Chambers. 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 minutes of the closed meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners on April 13, 2015. 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 Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to come out of 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