May 20, 2014, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Regional Police Academy, 6885 N. E. Pleasant Valley Road, Kansas City.
Commissioner Alvin L. Brooks, President
Commissioner Michael C. Rader, Vice President
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt, Treasurer
Darryl Forté, Chief of Police
Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr., Member
This meeting was called to order at 9:05 p.m. by Commissioner Brooks.
The invocation was provided by Pastor Dennis Dewey.
- Awards and commendations.
The Life Saving Award was presented to Officer Damon Hawley for performing CPR on a man he arrested. When the man was placed in the patrol wagon the man became ill. An ambulance was ordered and due to the nature of the arrest Officer Hawley rode in the ambulance. The man stopped breathing while in the ambulance and the sole paramedic in the back of the ambulance asked for Officer Hawley’s assistance. Officer Hawley administered CPR on the way to the hospital.
The Life Saving Award was presented to Officer Nathaniel Hurley for saving a man who had severe lacerations from jumping through a window during a disturbance. Officer Hurley, who used his previous training as a paramedic, quickly applied a tourniquet to the man’s arm who was then transported to the hospital.
The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Sergeant Douglas “Skip” Cox for his excellent work with the P.A.L. program. As the P.A.L. administrative supervisor, Sergeant Cox was in charge of overseeing all financial aspects of P.A.L. He processed donations, completed annual tax information, and wrote grants. He also took on various projects that paved the way for nearly $1 million dollars in donated money, goods, and services for the P.A.L. center.
The Certificate of Commendation was presented to Officer Timothy Taylor for coming to the aid of a suicidal inmate at the Jackson County Juvenile Justice Center. Officer Taylor was one of the first officers to arrive on the scene of a disturbance at the Juvenile Justice Center where teens were out of control in the gymnasium and one threatened to hang himself with a rope he had made into a noose. Officer Taylor utilized his CIT training to assist the teen.
Distinguished Service Medals were presented to Officer Selvir Abidovic and Detective Christopher Krueger for their response to a call of prostitution activity. Upon contacting a male suspect the man ran away from officers and produced a handgun. The suspect fired at officers at which time officers returned fire. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
The meeting took a recess at 9:19 a.m. and resumed at 9:26 a.m.
- Public comments.
Mr. Julius Williams, representing The Nation of Islam Temple #30, introduced some of the mosque staff in attendance and said the mosque would like to help serve the police department. He said they can offer a way to bring happiness and he realizes the crime is often the result of mental illness. Mr. Williams provided the Board with a list of security services they can provide.
Ms. Barbara Muhammad said that working together we can bridge the gap in the community. Additionally, she said there are a number of mosque members who are trained and certified to assist with disaster preparedness.
Mr. J. Oliver Harris spoke to the Board about how the Church of Scientology has changed his life for the better.
Ms. Maggie Kittinger, Executive Director of the Church of Scientology, spoke to the Board about the “Way to Happiness” program and she offered booklets on the topic.
Mr. Ron Hunt thanked the Nation of Islam for coming to the Board meeting. Mr. Hunt thanked P.A.L. program officers for having a positive impact on the community. He said he would like to see community rallies conducted in the hot spots of the city. Mr. Hunt said he is looking for funding to help him assist the community.
Chief Forte’ said the police department will work with these groups; however, no City funds are available to assist the groups.
Chief Forte’ said he will, however, have Mr. Vincent Mohammad from the mosque make a presentation to the command staff to share concerns and perceptions.
- Councilman John Sharp. Councilman Sharp thanked Chief Forte’ for going to Jefferson City with the Mayor and St. Louis law enforcement officials to help educate the legislators about the dangers of the firearms bill. The bill did not pass.
He said it is very helpful when law enforcement officials appear in Jefferson City on bills that could impede law enforcement.
Councilman Sharp discussed the bill that would provide a statewide fee on cell phones to help support 911 systems. The funding for 911 systems is shrinking because more and more people are eliminating their land line phones and using cell phones exclusively. Missouri is the only state in the nation that does not have a fee on cell phones. This bill did not pass.
He said he was also disappointed that a bill to correct the law which allows motor vehicles 10+ years old to be scrapped without a title did not pass.
Councilman Sharp said the Kansas City Fire Department is starting an outreach program to teach lay people how to provide CPR.
- City Architects report. Mr. Eric Bosch provided the Board with an update on the current police department construction projects.
With regard to the new NPD police station, some airport property has been found that is owned by the City. It is next to KCPD fire station #16, near 112th Street and I-29. A meeting will be held with Treanor Architects to further explore this option and determine how much space is needed for the new patrol station. Mr. Bosch said they are also considering building a gas station for use by City vehicles, including Fire Department, Parks and Recreation, and Public Works.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked if the tower at NPD would be removed. Mr. Bosch said the old NPD station will most likely be torn down and an easement would be created to provide access to the tower. He said the tower is important to the City and moving it is not feasible. The rest of the land would be sold.
Mr. Bosch said completion of the interior of headquarters is coming along well and furniture for floors 2 and 4 will be installed next month. Once the furniture is in, then work will begin on floors 3 and 5. He said there have been some issues with completing the limestone on the exterior of the building. This will set back the date for the ribbon cutting as well as moving the Board meetings back to headquarters.
With regard to the new EPD and crime lab, a lot of site work has been conducted including electrical and concrete installation. A kick-off for the contractors will be held the evening of May 22 which will be an opportunity for all of the different trades to meet and discuss this construction project.
- Approval of minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt with a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the minutes of the April 22 2014 Board meeting. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
- Chief Darryl Forté. Chief Forte’ reminded everyone that the annual Police Memorial Service will be held at the academy on May 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Chief Forte’ said Sergeant Greg Williams and Major Shawn Wadle have done an excellent job at the Plaza on Friday and Saturday nights. Chief said there were two fights last weekend between girls. He said the incidents there are not out of control as the media portrays. Mounted Patrol is also present. The early curfew will begin this weekend.
Chief Forte’ said the two police department lobbyists, Major Steve Young and Captain Tye Grant, went to Jefferson City last week, as well as Deputy Chief Hopkins. Chief said it is important to have more than one person at the Capitol on a regular basis.
Chief Forte’ said hot spot policing continues and training was provided to officers to prepare for hot spot assignments.
Chief still holds the one-on-one meetings with directors, managers, and commanders. Additionally, a retreat was recently held with the deputy chiefs and Major Young to discuss risk management and other topics.
Commissioner Brooks said prior to the next legislative session, the Board should revisit the lobbyist issue. Chief Forte’ said he plans to ask for an additional lobbyist.
- Executive Services Bureau. Deputy Chief Patty Higgins submitted the following items for Board approval:
a. FY 2014-15 MCSAP award. A memorandum dated April 28, 2014, was submitted to accept the MCSAP award in the amount of $865,000 including a department match of $173,000. The grant period is from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2015.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt accepting the MCSAP award in the amount of $865,000. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
b. Budget transfers for fiscal year 2013-14. A memorandum dated May 8, 2014, was submitted which outlines the details of the requested budget transfers. A copy of this memorandum is Attachment “A” and made a part of these minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Commissioner Rader approving the budget transfers as presented. The vote was
3-0 in favor.
- Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Deputy Chief Rose submitted the basic training class summary dated May 13, 2014. The 152nd entrant officer class will have just two KCPD candidates due to budgetary constraints.
Deputy Chief Rose presented the following consent agenda items for approval:
a. Project #779, Procedural Instruction, Language Interpreting Services.
b. Project #762, Procedural Instruction 05-4, Court Procedures.
c. Project #638, Personnel Policy, Uniform and Personal Appearance Regulations.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by
Commissioner Rader to approve the consent agenda items as presented. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
Deputy Chief Rose discussed a staffing study that is being conducted by the Professional Development and Research Bureau. She said this study will examine patrol staffing, beats, and division boundaries. Deputy Chief Rose said there is a technology issue with the Records Management System (RMS) because it cannot allow the movement of beat boundaries or division boundaries. Chief Forte’ said this is an important study that may help with balancing the workload.
- Investigations Bureau. Deputy Chief Randy Hopkins submitted the Investigation Bureau summary for April 2014. He said there have been 27 homicides to-date for 2014, with 34 for the same time period in 2013.
There have been 1,004 cases presented to the prosecutor with 770 cases filed.
Year-to-date there have been 54 drive-by shootings compared with 53 for the same period last year.
Deputy Chief Hopkins said the reporting of the backlog and CODIS hits has been delayed due to the OIG/NIJ audit. The numbers are being re-evaluated.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked what was being done about the backlog. Deputy Chief Hopkins said they are still working these cases as usual utilizing overtime. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt said that it was previously discussed that the lab would receive additional funds to help alleviate the backlog. Chief Forte’ said he does not believe that any additional funds will be allocated at this time. He said the police department computer system temporarily crashed about two weeks ago and there is a need to hire three more IT personnel and more money will be allocated for the computer system; even it if means reducing the size of the academy classes.
Commissioner Brooks asked for a summary of the number of homicides, on a monthly basis, for the past five years.
10. Human Resources.
Director Nick Nichols presented the personnel summary dated May 7, 2014. Current department strength is 1,404 law enforcement personnel compared to 1,380 for this same time period in 2013. Civilian strength is 577 positions compared to 568 positions for the same time period 2013.
11. Administration Bureau. Deputy Chief Randy Hundley had nothing to report at this time.
12. Patrol Bureau. Deputy Chief Kuehl presented the monthly crime summary dated March 2014. A copy of the Crime Summary is marked as Attachment “B” and attached to these minutes.
Deputy Chief Kuehl submitted the April 2014 Traffic Summary. There have been 14 fatalities through April 2014, compared with 15 for the same time period last year. Deputy Chief Kuehl said drivers were not wearing seatbelts in 67 percent of these fatal accidents. A copy of the Traffic Summary is Attachment “C” and attached to these minutes.
With regard to the April 2014 Executive Summary, Deputy Chief Kuehl pointed out that the reason the number under “Calls Received” for 2014 is listed as “Not Available” is a CAD system upgrade issue.
13. Major Steve Young.
a. OCC investigations monthly report. Major Young submitted the OCC investigations monthly report dated May 2, 2014. There are currently 31 OCC’s under investigation.
b. Private officers license appeal, Charles M. Stevens III. Major Young submitted the appeal of Mr. Stevens dated May 5, 2014, which was previously submitted to the Board at last month’s meeting. The Board requested additional information prior to voting on this appeal. The Private Officers Licensing Unit provided the additional information as requested.
The Private Officers Licensing Unit denied the license of Mr. Stevens. The basis for the denial was outlined in Title 17 of the Code of State Regulations, Section 10-2.050(3) (F). Mr. Stevens received an “under other than honorable conditions” discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps.
Chief Forte’ and Commissioner Rader were of the opinion that Mr. Stevens should be allowed to have a private security license.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to grant a security license to Charles M. Stevens III. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
14. Audit Committee update. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt said an Audit Committee meeting was held this morning and the primary focus was the OIG/NIJ Audit. She said this topic will be on every future agenda until it has been resolved. She said Major Mozzicato is diligently working on this project.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt said Mr. Doug Jones, City Auditor, attended the Audit Committee meeting and his team is conducting the audit of the police academy and the results will be presented to the Audit Committee sometime this summer.
15. David V. Kenner. Mr. Kenner presented Board Resolution No. 14-02, honoring Retired Police Chief Floyd O. Bartch. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt suggested that this resolution be presented to his family at a future Board meeting.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader to approve Board Resolution No. 14-02, honoring Retired Police Chief Floyd O. Bartch. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
Mr. Kenner congratulated the KC Terrorism Early Warning (KCTEW) group because they were honored by the Department of Homeland Security and received the “Best of the Best” fusion center intelligence award.
16. Commissioner Michael C. Rader. Commissioner Rader concurred with David Kenner’s recognition of the KCTEW. He said he was not aware that the KCTEW is only one of 78 centers across the country. Commissioner Rader commended Captain Daniel Gates, Sergeant Bob Wynne, Detective Brent Parsons, and Detective Paul Thilges for their good work.
Commissioner Rader thanked Chief Forte’, Mayor James, Deputy Chief Hopkins, Captain Tye Grant, Major Steve Young, and everyone who took the time to go to Jefferson City to educate the legislators about the ramifications of the gun bill. He said many people did not realize the scope of this bill.
17. Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt thanked
Chief Forte’ for taking a leadership interest and stance with the lobbying in Jefferson City. She said she agrees with the Chief on the lobbyist issue.
18. Commissioner Alvin Brooks. Commissioner Brooks said he continues to appreciate the work of the administrative staff as well as the men and women on the street. He appreciates the fact the police department members support each other on police calls.
Commissioner Brooks suggested that the local media either walk or ride with officers who work the Plaza security detail.
19. Scheduled meetings.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
9:00 a.m., South Patrol Division, 9701 Marion Park Drive
Annex Building, Multi-Purpose Room, Kansas City
Thursday, July 10, 2014
9:00 a.m., Regional Police Academy, 6885 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road
Auditorium, Kansas City
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
9:00 a.m., South Patrol Division, 9701 Marion Park Drive
Annex Building, Multi-Purpose Room, Kansas City
Audit Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 26, 2014
10:00 a.m., Levy Craig Law Firm, 1301 Oak Street
Suite 500, Kansas City
In the matter of the disciplinary proceedings of:
Sergeant James R. Carmody, Jr.
8:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2014
South Patrol Division, 9701 Marion Park Drive, Annex Building,
Multi-Purpose Room, Kansas City
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, seconded by Commissioner Rader and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 10:36 a.m. and reconvene in closed session at 10:55 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 March 14, 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 Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Regional Police Academy, 6885 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road, Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, 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
Commissioner Michael C. 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 20, 2014:
Mayor James arrived at 11:12 a.m.
1) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to come out of special closed session. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
Mayor James left the meeting at 12:55 p.m.
2) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to give their legal counsel certain limited authority to settle a sealed case.
3) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to approve the minutes from the closed session of the April 22, 2014, meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
4) 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, Master Detective Randall Morris, Sergeant Brian Baar, and Police Officer Charles Chambers. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
5) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to approve the duty-related disability retirement of Police Officer Juniper Hansen. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
6) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to come out of closed session.
7) Following polling, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
8) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to adjourn. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
Board of Police Commissioners Minutes