October 11, 2016, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, October 11, 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
Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney
Darryl Forté, Chief of Police
This meeting was called to order at 10:06 a.m. by Commissioner Rader. Commissioner Alvin Brooks provided the invocation.
- Awards and Commendations.
BOPC Resolution 16-03, Gerald Gorman, was presented to Ms. Anita Gorman. The Resolution honored Mr. Gorman who, among other life-long community involvement endeavors, served as the legal counsel to the Kansas City Police Retirement System for 37 years. The Board expressed their gratitude and appreciation for his fine work and inspiration.
The Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Ms. Susan Conge for her professionalism, compassion and outstanding assistance to the Kansas City Police Department. Ms. Congee and members from Home Depot provided a grant and manpower to make needed repairs to the home of Officer Nate Harrison who nearly died in an off-duty motorcycle crash last year. In addition to Home Depot staff, volunteers from the KCPD Care Team and FOP Lodge #99, helped to renovate Officer Harrison’s home to make it more accessible and maintenance free through a program called “Team Depot” which provides services to veterans in need. Home Depot donated a total of $9,300 for work on Officer Harrison’s home.
The Life Saving Award was presented to Officer Christopher Lear for his critical actions in a life-or-death situation. Officer Lear was with his family at Price Chopper on July 4th. A man collapsed in front of him and Officer Lear determined that the man had no pulse and was not breathing. He quickly began CPR along with two other people taking turns providing CPR to the man until he was transported to Liberty Hospital by ambulance. The police contacted Liberty Hospital several days later to find out that the man had survived and was still hospitalized.
The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Sergeant Jacob Becchina for his significant actions, ideas and progressive leadership. Shot Spotter technology has been available to the police department since October 2012, but has never been used to the extent that it has now, thanks to Sergeant Becchina. Sgt. Becchina learned that the application could be installed into police vehicles, which would provide alerts of gunfire to officers in nearly half the time of the way it had been done, which was routed through dispatch. Sgt. Becchina and another sergeant trained at least 115 officers to use the program in their police vehicles. They now have the ability to receive gunfire alerts nearly instantaneously; 60 seconds compared to the previous 2-4 minutes.
The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Officer Gary Knapp for his significant actions, ideas and progressive leadership. In the fall of 2011, Officer Knapp helped cement a better relationship with our community by creating a program to teach women personal safety techniques. In November 2011, Officer Knapp hosted the first Women’s Personal Safety Seminar for women over the age of 17. The 4-hour class was attended by 50 women from the Kansas City area. For the last five years Officer Knapp has hosted these sessions monthly, and to-date he has instructed more than 1,900 women from around the metro area at the free training courses.
The Board took a recess at 10:21 a.m. and resumed at 10:30 a.m.
- Public comments.
Mr. David Briggs suggested a solution for crime in the community is to establish sub-stations at Quik Trip locations. Commissioner Rader thanked him for his suggestion.
- Councilperson Alissa Canady.
Councilperson Canady said that she was recently contacted by a number of community members in the past week about some issues and Ms. Canady reached out to the Command staff and the Chief. She said she appreciates the fact that the police department is very proactive and responsible.
Ms. Canady said that the Mayor’s task force on crime met last night and the task force is compiling some recommendations. Most of the recommendations are community focused, rather than law enforcement focused. Ms. Canady expressed support for community resource centers on the City’s east side.
- Chief Darryl Forté.
Deputy Chief David Zimmerman spoke for the Chief in his absence and said he had nothing for general discussion at this time.
- City Architect’s report.
Mr. Eric Bosch provided an update on the new NPD project. He said the landscaping is going in now (sod and trees), because it is the best time of year to do so. He said the roof is on the building and work is beginning on the inside of the structure. Mr. Bosch said everything in on schedule for moving in at this time next year.
- Approval of minutes.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked that a minor revision be made to the minutes of the September 11, 2016, open Board meeting.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt with a second by Commissioner Brooks to approve the minutes of the September 11, 2016, open Board meeting as amended. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
- Executive Services Bureau.
Major Mark Francisco presented the following items for Board approval:
a. FY 2017-18 requested budget. A memorandum dated September 28, 2016, was presented for approval to submit the proposed budget to the City. A motion was made by Commissioner Brooks and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt granting approval to submit the proposed FY 2017-18 budget to the City. The vote was 4-0 in favor with Mayor James abstaining.
b. Budget transfers for FY 2016-17. A memorandum dated September 30, 2016, recommended budget transfers that will affect the police grants fund and the police drug enforcement fund. This item is marked Attachment “A” and is made a part of these minutes. A motion was made by Commissioner Rader, with a second by Commissioner Shurin to approve the budget transfers as presented. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
c. Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. A memorandum dated September 27, 2016, states that the City Council is providing additional appropriations for technology in the amount of $350,000. The police department will use these appropriations along with $350,000 from the Police Foundation.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the supplemental appropriations in the amount of $350,000. This item is marked Attachment “B” and is made a part of these minutes. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
d. Budget modifications for FY 2015-16 HMV/DUI multi-offender programs. A memorandum dated September 27, 2016, recommended Board approval of budget modifications for the Hazardous Moving Violations and DUI Multi-offender grant. This budget modification will enable the police department to fund driver’s license checkpoints from the HMV grant instead of the DUI multi-offender grant.
A motion was made by Commissioner Brooks and a second by Commissioner Shurin to approve the budget modifications for the HMV/DUI multi-offender grants as presented. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
e. FY 2016 DNA Backlog Reduction Program. A memorandum dated September 27, 2016, recommended Board acceptance of an award from the Office of Justice Programs in the amount of $335,914, for DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program. The grant period is from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018. This program provides salary and benefits for four Forensic Specialists.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader to accept the award from the Office of Justice Programs in the amount of $335,914 as presented. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
f. Request for Proposal 2017-1, Workload/Staffing Study. Because this item deals with personnel and staffing issues, it was tabled and will be taken up in closed session.
g. FY 16 Port Security Program. A memorandum dated September 26, 2016, recommended acceptance of the 2016 Port Security Grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The grant provides $57,568, including a police department match of $14,392.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Mayor James to accept the 2016 Port Security Grant from the Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $57,568. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
h. 2016-17 Traffic Services grants. A memorandum dated September 28, 2016, recommended acceptance of seven 2016-17 Traffic Services grants totaling $624,800. Six of the grants have been awarded since 1982, and the new grant this year is for police motorcycle instructor training in the amount of $13,800.
A motion was made by Commissioner Brooks and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to accept the 2016-17 Traffic Services grants from the Missouri Division of Highway Safety in the amount of $624,800. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
- Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Major Donna Greenwell spoke for Deputy Chief Kuehl in his absence. Major Greenwell submitted the Basic Training Class Summary for October 2016.
Major Greenwell requested Board approval for the following consent agenda item:
a. Project #782, Personnel Policy, Retiree Firearms Certification
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Shurin to approve the consent agenda item. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
- Investigations Bureau.
Deputy Chief Cheryl Rose said that to-date 2016, there have been 91 homicides compared to 82 in 2015.
Deputy Chief Rose said that to-date there were 4,242 cases presented to the prosecutor and 2,158 cases have been filed. Deputy Chief Rose said that the number of cases presented have increased by 84 percent and the cases filed have increased by 36 percent. Deputy Chief Rose said this increase is due to work that has been on done on the backlog, especially in the Drug Enforcement Unit.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt inquired about the increase in drive-by shootings. Deputy Chief Rose said it is her belief that the increase can be attributed to the increase in Part I crimes, nearly 22 percent, and the proliferation of guns. Deputy Chief Rose said that group violence has remained static, however, incidents of domestic violence homicides have increased.
Mayor James said that violent firearms related crimes have increased in a statistically significant way and asked if the police department is able to trace the length of time between the time the gun was acquired and when it was used to commit a crime. Mayor James asked if the police department is trying to determine what is driving these issue of homicides and drive-by shootings. Deputy Chief Rose said that the police department partners with the ATF Crime Gun Intelligence Center. The police department recently applied for a grant that would have provided funds for extra personnel to investigate leads on weapons used in criminal activity. Unfortunately, the police department did not get the grant and will meet with the ATF to determine how to reconfigure the current personnel to work more of these cases.
Mayor James said he would like to know what the police department would need to bring down the rate of gun violence, specifically, drive-by shootings. Mayor James noted that we have a well-trained police department which is better than many other cities.
Deputy Chief David Zimmerman said that in August 2016, he attended the Violent Crime Summit held in Washington DC, at FBI headquarters. The numerous police chiefs in attendance from all over the country said there is a violent crime surge. He said the majority of these crimes are related to weapons.
Deputy Chief Rose said the police department has a grant with Rose Brooks Center which provides funds to pay overtime for officers, one day a week, to search for those individuals who have warrants for domestic violence.
Commissioner Brooks said that the majority of these drive-by shootings are perpetuated by black males, many that are too young to be in the KC NoVA network. Commissioner Brooks suggested that the police department contact a public relations firm to saturate the most violent areas of the city with messages that appeal to the family members of these young people who perpetuate these crimes, to perhaps intervene. Commissioner Brooks said he is willing to explain his reasoning if the police department is accused of targeting the black community. Commissioner Brooks said the majority of the crime and violence is occurring within the black community and this is not just a police problem; it’s a community problem.
- Administration Bureau.
Director Linda Netzel presented the Regional Criminalistics Division monthly statistics for October 2016.
- Patrol Bureau.
Deputy Chief David Zimmerman presented the monthly crime summary dated August 2016.
Deputy Chief Zimmerman submitted the Traffic Summary for the month of September 2016. Deputy Chief Zimmerman said the fatalities year-to-date are 57 compared to 54 in 2015. He said the main contributing factor continues to be the lack of seatbelt use and impaired driving.
Commissioner Brooks inquired about the high crash locations and the leading cause of accidents: inattention. Deputy Chief Zimmerman said that often times these rear-end collisions occur during periods of high traffic. He said it can be difficult to conduct traffic enforcement during these peak traffic times. Deputy Chief Zimmerman added that many drivers allow themselves to be distracted while driving by using cell phones, eating, etc., which contributes to the number of collisions.
Commissioner Shurin asked if the timing of the stop lights would make a difference. Deputy Chief Zimmerman said that is an issue that would need to be taken up with the State of Missouri and Major Wadle will contact the state’s traffic engineers. The Commissioners requested that someone from the State Highway Department attend a future Board meeting to discuss the accidents on State Highway 71.
- Professional Standards Division.
Major David Bosworth submitted the OCC Investigations Summary dated September 30, 2016.
- Human Resources.
Major Melvin Harvey presented the Personnel Summary dated October 4, 2016. For this time period Department strength is 1,327 law enforcement and 530 civilians.
- Office of Community Complaints.
Ms. Pearl Fain submitted the OCC Monthly Reports and the 3rd Quarter Report for 2016. The Board had no questions or comments.
- Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 99.
Sgt. Brad Lemon said that last Saturday the FOP held their second annual golf tournament which raised money for the Kansas City Police Officers Memorial Foundation. The foundation helps officers in need and their families, as well as conducts community outreach.
The FOP began working with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and this year will again fund 100 children in foster care this year for Christmas.
Sgt. Lemon said FOP negotiations began last week. Sgt. Lemon thanked Major Steve Young for his patience and expertise in working with Lodge #99.
Sgt. Lemon discussed the recent loss of four more police officers, to gun fire, across the country. Those four officers left a total of 12 children without a parent. Sgt. Lemon said this problem cannot be solved by the police alone, communities must take some responsibility in building relationships. He said the murders of police officers with handguns across the country are up 57 percent.
Mayor James said he was in Des Moines, Iowa, over the weekend and had the opportunity to see a local trucking company there who tried to hone in on why there was friction in the community in some areas. The community was frustrated that the police were stopping people for minor, defective equipment infractions. Rather than continue to have this disagreement, the trucking company and the police department worked together and went to a large school parking lot and fixed tail lights, turn signal lights, windshield wipers, etc., for free, on the first 400 cars that came through on that Saturday. Mayor James said he would like to see something like this happen in Kansas City.
Mayor James said that historically, the police are perceived to be an occupying force in black neighborhoods. When civil rights marches were held the police officers were swinging clubs and turning K-9’s on African Americans. Mayor James said this has never been addressed and it remains a part of the culture of Black America who view police officers in this way. Mayor James said in order to overcome this, first, the fact that this situation exists needs to be acknowledged and second, affirmative steps must be taken to try and change it.
Sgt. Lemon said the police have earned some of this from historical incidents, however, he said policing over the decades has changed over time. Sgt. Lemon said it is frustrating for him to hear over and over that police officers are a problem in this country, when there are school districts that do not have accreditation, there is not good health care for people in the urban core, and many of the jobs pay barely above minimum wage. He said that there are a lot of social issues that are not completely related to police interaction with the community. The urban core of many communities has been neglected for a very long time.
Mayor James said he agrees that the issues are multi-factorial, however, with regard to police/community relations, the police are responsible for this particular issue. Mayor James said if there is no effort to change this, the problems will continue.
- Scheduled meetings.
Mr. David Kenner said that he has circulated the dates for the upcoming 2017 Board meetings. He said it was previously mentioned that the Board wants to hold a couple of meetings elsewhere in the community. The Board agreed. Mr. Kenner suggested one possible location may be the new EPD.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
All of these scheduled meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
- Board Officer Elections.
Mr. Kenner said it is time to elect new officers for the Board. Commissioner Rader nominated Commissioner Shurin for the position of Board President. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt nominated Commissioner Brooks as Vice President of the Board.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to elect Commissioner Shurin to the position of Board President, Commissioner Brooks to the position of Vice President, both beginning in January, 2017. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt will remain in the position of Treasurer. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
- Commissioner Leland Shurin.
Commissioner Shurin said he read the October 2016, Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement Report by the Department of Justice. He encouraged all senior staff to read this report.
- Commissioner Michael C. Rader.
Commissioner Rader thanked Mr. David Briggs for his comments today. Commissioner Rader also thanked everyone employed by the police department and members of the community who took the time to come to the Board meeting today.
A motion was made by Mayor James, and seconded by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 11:42 a.m. and reconvene in closed session as provided in the following resolution. Following a roll call, the vote was 5-0 in favor.
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, October 11, 2016, at KCPD Headquarters, Kansas City, 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
Commissioner Leland Shurin – 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 October 11, 2016:
1) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Mayor James, the Board voted to approve the work-related disability retirement application of Sergeant Eric Turner. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin 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 residency waiver application of Civilian John Butts. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
3) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Brooks, the Board voted to approve the minutes of the closed meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners on September 13, 2016. The vote was 4-0 in favor. Due to his absence from the prior meeting, Commissioner Shurin abstained. 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 Commissioner Shurin, the Board voted to approve the split award of RFP 2017-1, Workload/Staffing Study to Matrix Consulting Group for their best proposal of $134,000. This will be split between the Board of Police Commissioners and the City of Kansas City, Missouri. The BOPC’s portion will be $25,000.00, and the City’s portion will be $109,000.00. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
5) Following a motion by Commissioner Shurin and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt the Board voted to go into Special Closed Session to discuss personnel matters and labor negotiations. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
6) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Shurin, the Board voted to hire Jeffrey M. Place with Littler Mendelson P.C. to represent the Board in negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police in connection with new Memoranda of Agreements with Lodge 99 for officers, sergeants and civilians and with Lodge 102 for commanders. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
7) Following a motion by Mayor James 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 Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
Board of Police Commissioners Minutes