September 13, 2016, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, Kansas City.
Commissioner Michael C. Rader, President
Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt, Treasurer
Commissioner Alvin Brooks, Member
Darryl Forté, Chief of Police
Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney
Commissioner Leland M. Shurin, Vice President
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr., Member
This meeting was called to order at 10:02 a.m. by Commissioner Rader. Father Richard Rocha provided the invocation. Commissioner Rader asked for a moment of silence for Master Deputy Brandon Collins of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department who was killed in the line of duty on September 11, 2016.
- Awards and Commendations.
The Lifesaving Award was presented to Officers Kelsie McLees and Matthew Oropeza for their commendable actions in a life or death situation. Officers responded to a shooting call and when they arrived found a man suffering from multiple gun shots in his torso and arms. Officer McLees took control of the scene by isolating possible witnesses while Officer Oropeza applied pressure to the numerous wounds to the man’s abdomen. After gaining control of the scene, Officer McLees assisted Officer Oropeza with first aid efforts until EMS personnel arrived. The following day it was found that the man has sustained 11 gunshot wounds and the doctor said that without a doubt the actions of the officers allowed the victim to make it to the hospital alive.
The Meritorious Service award was presented to Officer Don Angle for significant actions, ideas and progressive leadership. When Officer Angle was assigned to the Training and Tactics Section in 2009 he volunteered for and accepted additional responsibilities within the Firearms Training and Tactics Section. Officer Angle adjusted teaching methods to improve the knowledge and abilities of others. In addition to taking on the significant responsibility of scheduling training events at the two firing ranges; Officer Angle developed several POST modules, has researched advanced training theories and techniques and was an important part of the KCPD Badge Placement Study which garnered national and international attention and praise. He also assisted with the study of the reactionary gap and how it relates to the discussion of how the department has trained on the “21 Foot Rule” over the last several decades.
The Board took a recess at 10:09 a.m. and resumed at 10:15 a.m.
- Public comments.
Pastor John Miles expressed his gratitude to the KCPD for their help during the recent National Baptist Convention USA Inc., which was held in Kansas City September 5-9. Pastor Miles also thanked the police department for the CIT program and Sgt. Sean Hess and MPO Aric Anderson. He also thanked Major Joe McHale of EPD.
Commissioner Rader congratulated Pastor Miles on the success of the convention. Commissioner Rader also thanked him for all he does to make the community a better place.
Commissioner Brooks mentioned that Deputy Chief Hundley sang at the recent opening of the Family and Youth Center at 27th and Prospect. Pastor Miles said that Deputy Chief Hundley also sang at the convention and it was enjoyed by all. Pastor Miles thanked Deputy Chief Hundley.
Ms. Deb Hermann, the CEO of Northland Neighborhoods, expressed her concern to the Board about the elimination of the CIO (Community Interaction Officer) positions.
- Councilperson Alissa Canady.
Councilperson Canady said that she is pleased to see that the police board meetings are now broadcast on Channel 2.
Ms. Canady discussed recent violent events that have occurred. She said that she had conversations with colleagues who share their concerns about gun violence in our city.
Ms. Canady thanked police officers for their swift and prompt reactions when situations occur. She said we have great officers in Kansas City who care about the community, who are responsive and take pride in the work that they do. Ms. Canady said we need to be sure and provide emotional support to these officers when they experience traumatic events.
Ms. Canady said community engagement continues to be an on-going discussion, along with neighborhood related matters and public safety. Ms. Canady said she is open to the changes that Chief Forté has made.
- Chief Darryl Forté.
Chief Forté discussed the changes to the Community Interaction Officer (CIO) model. Chief Forté said when he provided his strategic objectives to the Board prior to becoming Chief; he indicated that he wanted to implement the total community policing concept. He said a lot of officers have a mindset that there is one person assigned at the division station who holds the title of CIO and that is the only person who has the responsibility of developing relationships within the community.
Chief Forté said that during his career he has been to over 800 homicide scenes and there is something wrong when officers have patrolled the same area for 3-4 years and those officers have not fostered a relationship with any of the citizens in that area. Because no relationships have been developed, when there is a homicide or other serious crimes, no one is willing to talk to the officers about it, or provide information to officers.
Chief Forté said he stands by and will not apologize for trying something different because “people are dying out there” and that citizens have information about crime and feel that they do not have a good enough connection with the police to feel comfortable conveying the information. The Chief said he included the community in this decision because he has listened to the community say for 31 years that the police officers will not talk to them. Chief Forté said he is eliminating the title, not the personnel, so now rather than having only one CIO, it will be multiplied by 10, 20, or 30, because all officers are expected to serve in this type of role. Chief Forté said he will continue to challenge our practices as long as he is here. For example, the Department does not use a zero tolerance model anymore.
Chief Forté wanted to give a special thanks to Ms. Jessie Johnson, who attended one of the meetings that the Chief held recently in the community. At this meeting she said that appreciated the CIOs and she agreed that it was time for a change. Ms. Johnson said she would like to have a meeting with the police and community members to discuss how to foster beneficial relationships. Because of her comments a meeting with the police and community members will be held on September 17, 2016.
With regard to body cameras, Chief Forté said that before the next Board meeting he will test them in the field and have a report in the near future.
Chief Forté said he has had some discussion with the Department of Justice to perhaps examine our car stops, searches, training, use of force, and enforcement strategies.
Chief Forté suggested to the Board that we occasionally hold Board meetings out in the community. He said most people do not know who the Board members are.
With regard to SB 656, Chief Forté sent letters in opposition to all of the Missouri State Representatives and Senators.
Chief Forté has encouraged groups in the community to attend the police board meetings and he introduced Men United in Christ who were in attendance at today’s meeting. He thanked them for attending.
Chief Forté said he continues to conduct the one-on-one street level surveys and he wanted to recognize MPD Officers James Payton and Mike Merino and Sgt. Andrew Dorothy. These officers are very much admired and respected by members of the community because of their compassion and fairness to members of the community.
Chief Forté said he appreciates the support of the Board. The Commissioners thanked the Chief.
Commissioner Rader agreed with the idea of holding a couple of the Board meetings out in the community.
- City Architect’s report.
With regard to the new NPD, Mr. Bosch said the goal is to get the building enclosed so that work can be accomplished over the winter. The mechanical system is going in now, which is better than using temporary heating units. Some of the landscaping is going in now also. He offered tours to the Board members.
- Approval of minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt with a second by Commissioner Brooks to approve the minutes of the August 9, 2016, open Board meeting as amended. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
- Executive Services Bureau.
Major Karl Oakman presented the following items for Board approval:
a. Bid No. 2017-2 police uniforms. A memorandum dated September 2, 2016, recommends Board approval for a one year contract with Galls for the anticipated expenditure of $421,832.34. The contract period will be from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017.
A motion was made by Commissioner Brooks, with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the police uniform contract with Galls in the amount of $421,832.34. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
b. Department storage area network (SAN) migration VNX5600. A memorandum dated September 1, 2016, recommended Board approval for the purchase of increased digital storage with expansion capabilities, from Alexander Open Systems (AOS), for a total expenditure of $293,069.45. This bid includes hardware and software replacement and installation services.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Commissioner Brooks to approve the purchase of hardware/software and installation services from AOS in the amount of $293,069.45. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
c. IBM Coplink server conversion to Coplink in the Cloud. A memorandum dated September 1, 2016, recommended Board approval for the conversion of Coplink servers to Coplink in the Cloud with IBM Corporation, for a total anticipated expenditure of $215,563.30.
A motion was made by Commissioner Brooks, with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the Coplink conversion for a total expenditure of $215,563.30. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
d. FY 2016-17 Missouri Western Interdiction and Narcotics Task Force Award (MoWIN). A memorandum dated August 29, 2016, recommended Board approval to accept the MoWIN award from the Missouri Department of Public Safety in the amount of $676,673.98. The contract period is from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Ms. Paul Kies explained that this grant pays the salary for two Department members who are assigned to this joint task force. In addition, our agency acts as the fiscal agent for all of the agencies contained within this task force; thus, the other agencies share in the costs with only 20 percent being paid for by KCPD.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader, with a second by Commissioner Brooks to accept the MoWIN award from the Missouri Department of Public Safety in the amount of $676,673.98. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
e. Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. A memorandum dated September 2, 2016, states the City Council is providing additional appropriations for maintenance on existing facilities in the amount of $191,504.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Commissioner Brooks to approve the supplemental appropriations in the amount of $191,504. This item is marked Attachment “A” and is made a part of these minutes. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
f. Adjustment to Special Revenue accounts for FY 2016-17. A memorandum dated September 1, 2016, requested that the Board approve an adjustment to the special revenue accounts in order to increase appropriations to pay for Isilon/VNX installation and other services in the amount of $32,307.
A motion was made by Commissioner Brooks, with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the adjustments to special revenue accounts as presented. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
g. Budget transfers for FY 2016-17. A memorandum dated August 31, 2016, recommended budget transfers that will affect the general fund, police drug enforcement fund, and the police grants fund. This item is marked Attachment “C” and is made a part of these minutes. A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Commissioner Brooks to approve the budget transfers as presented. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
8. Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Deputy Chief Bob Kuehl submitted the Basic Training Class Summary for September 2016.
Deputy Chief Kuehl requested Board approval for the following consent agenda item:
a. Project #976, Revision of PPBM, Unit Files.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by
Commissioner Brooks to approve the consent agenda item. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
- Investigations Bureau.
Major John Mueller said that to-date 2016, there have been 82 homicides compared to 67 in 2015.
Major Mueller said that to-date there were 3,694 cases presented to the prosecutor and 1,885 cases have been filed.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt had questions about two items on the Notable Events report. Major Mueller will contact her later with answers.
Commissioner Brooks discussed the pending SB 656, and expressed his concern about the fact that 83 percent of the homicides in Kansas City are African American men and women and the majority are “black on black” crime. Commissioner Brooks said that taking a human life is a moral issue and everyone must step up to denounce this behavior.
- Administration Bureau.
Deputy Chief Hundley presented the Regional Criminalistics Division monthly statistics for September, 2016.
Deputy Chief Hundley said that he attended a “Stop the Violence” event last Saturday at 24th and Elmwood. He said it was very encouraging to hear the members of the community encouraging each other to take ownership in dealing with the violence issues.
Deputy Chief Hundley commended Officers Charles Owen and Mike Livers who rescued a seven year old boy who was stranded at his school bus stop. The officers, after making contact with the boy’s mother, bought him breakfast and gave him a ride to school. The grandfather of the little boy, who is a childhood friend of Deputy Chief Hundley, contacted Deputy Chief Hundley to ask him to thank the officers for what they did.
- Patrol Bureau.
Deputy Chief David Zimmerman presented the monthly crime summary dated July 2016.
Deputy Chief Zimmerman submitted the Traffic Summary for the month of August 2016. Deputy Chief Zimmerman said the fatalities year-to-date are 46 compared to 42 in 2015. He said the main contributing factor continues to be the lack of seatbelt use.
Deputy Chief Zimmerman commended the police officers for their good work.
- Professional Standards Division.
Major David Bosworth submitted the OCC Investigations summary dated September 1, 2016. Major Bosworth also presented the following Private Officer License appeals:
a. Private Officer License appeal, Seth McKown. A memorandum dated August 10, 2016, recommended denial of the armed security license for Seth McKown. The basis for the denial is outlined in Title 17 of the Code of State Regulations, Section 10-2.050 (3) (O), “providing other facts or actions which demonstrate that the applicant is unsuitable or ineligible for license.”
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader, with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to deny the armed security license for Seth McKown. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
b. Private Officer License appeal, Steven E. Jimenez-Marin. A memorandum dated July 10, 2016, recommended denial of the unarmed security license of Steven E. Jimenez-Marin. The basis for the denial is outlined in Title 17 of the Code of State Regulations, Section 10-2.050 (3) (G), “not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in federal or state court.”
A motion was made by Commissioner Brooks, with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to deny the unarmed security license for Steven E. Jimenez-Marin. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
- Human Resources.
Major Melvin Harvey presented the Personnel Summary dated September 2, 2016. For this time period Department strength is 1,330 law enforcement and 529 civilians.
- Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 99.
Sgt. Brad Lemon said the FOP now has a Memorial Foundation that benefits the members in need, and participates in community outreach efforts. The FOP will sponsor children again this Christmas season.
Sgt. Lemon said the KCPD participated in the annual Bacon Ball tournament last weekend.
Sgt. Lemon said the FOP golf tournament will be held on October 3, 2016. The FOP plans to take 20 young people from Big Brothers/Big Sisters to the Royals Game on September 18.
Sgt. Lemon said negotiations for the Memorandum of Agreement will begin on October 5, 2016.
Commissioner Brooks asked Sgt. Lemon if he is in agreement with the Chief’s concept of community policing. Sgt. Lemon said he has not yet had any conversation with the Chief about the topic. Sgt. Lemon agreed that it can be beneficial to try a new way of approaching some things after 25 years. Commissioner Brooks asked Sgt. Lemon if he would meet with the Chief before the next Board meeting to discuss this topic.
- Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt thanked the Friends of the Kansas City Missouri Mounted Patrol for their donation of stall mats for the stables. They are a great group of people and they have contributed so much to the police department. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked David Kenner to draft a letter to formally thank them.
- Commissioner Alvin Brooks.
Commissioner Brooks said that when he addresses groups within the community, he encourages community members to participate in ride-alongs with the police; he encourages young African American men and women to consider a career in police work, he encourages community members to go to homicide scenes and observe the crowd that gathers and how the police officers deal with the crowd, and finally he encourages the community to attend the Citizens Police Academy.
Commissioner Brooks thanked OGC and Mr. Kenner for responding, in writing, to the questions that came from those who gave public comments at the August Board meeting.
- Commissioner Michael C. Rader.
Commissioner Rader thanked the Men United in Christ for attending the meeting today.
Commissioner Rader congratulated Major Robert Winn who retired from KCPD last Friday after 26 years of service.
- Scheduled meetings:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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
A motion was made by Commissioner Brooks, and seconded by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 11:40 a.m. and reconvene in closed session 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 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, September 13, 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
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 September 13, 2016:
Mayor James and Commissioner Shurin had excused absences from the meeting.
1) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Brooks, the Board voted to give certain settlement authority to the Department in connection with the case of Palacio v. Hansen, et al., pending in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Following polling, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
2) Following a motion by Commissioner Brooks and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to approve the Applications for Continued Employment of Police Officer Rita Olson-Stawicki, Reserve Police Officer Douglas Harr, and Police Officer John Wilson. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Following polling, 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 minutes of the closed meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners on August 9, 2016. The vote was
3-0 in favor. Following polling, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
4) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Brooks the Board voted to go into Special Closed Session to discuss personnel matters and labor negotiations. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Following polling, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
5) 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 3-0 in favor. Following polling, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
Board of Police Commissioner Minutes