September 15, 2015, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 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
Commissioner Leland M. Shurin, Member
This meeting was called to order at 10:10 a.m. by Commissioner Brooks. Police Chaplain Kenneth Ray gave the invocation.
- Awards and Commendations.
The Life Saving Award was presented to Sergeant John Bryant. Sgt. Bryant saved a man in May 2015, when electrical lines came into contact with a ladder the man was using. Sgt. Bryant performed CPR until emergency personnel arrived and transported the man to the hospital.
The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Fiscal Administrator Jennifer Emery for displaying exceptional initiative, tenacity, and expertise, when conducting research into 7,200 cold case sex crimes to determine if they were eligible for grant funding. The grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) came into question after the NIJ conducted an audit of the grants and determined that all cold cases reviewed from 2006 to 2011 were not eligible under the grant. Ms. Emery was tasked with researching over 7,200 cases to determine which ones were grant related and she found 3,995 that were eligible. The case review process took 22 months. The NIJ determined that KCPD had used all grant money in compliance with the grant and the NIJ auditors cleared KCPD of any unauthorized case work.
Dispatcher Kimberly Hueser received a Certificate of Commendation for her exceptional performance, bringing credit to herself and the KCPD. On February 13, 2015, in the course of 20 minutes, Dispatcher Hueser handled two car chases at the same time and a multi-agency, officer-involved-shooting, in another state, with calm professionalism.
Police Officer Mary McCall received a Certificate of Commendation for her exceptional police action. In January 2015, while off-duty and in her personal vehicle at 104th and Wornall, Officer McCall observed a three year old child running in the traffic lanes wearing only a pajama shirt and underpants. The outside temperature was -1 degrees with a -15 wind chill. Officer McCall stopped and was able to put the child in her car. DFS responded and took custody of the child and the parents were eventually located.
The Board took a recess at 10:21 a.m. and resumed at 10:30 a.m.
- Former Councilman John Sharp. Mr. Sharp thanked officers for their help in passing an ordinance to update the pawnshop laws. This ordinance requires that all pawnshop transactions be videotaped, and the ordinance requires a hold on the property prior to selling.
Mr. Sharp introduced his successor Councilperson Alissia Canady, the new Chair of the Neighborhoods and Public Safety Committee. Councilperson Heather Hall was also in attendance.
Councilperson Canady said she looks forwarding to working with the police department on crime issues as well as neighborhood issues. Councilperson Canady said she welcomes input from anyone who has ideas, suggestions, or areas of frustration related to public safety issues.
Commissioner Brooks congratulated Councilperson Canady.
- City Architect’s report.
Mr. Eric Bosch said there has been much progress on the new EPD and the anticipated move-in date is early November. The opening of the crime lab will occur later after the necessary testing of the new lab equipment. Mr. Bosch said there will be a campus dedication in early December. The campus has been named the Leon Jordan Campus.
Mr. Bosch said hopes to bring the construction contract for NPD to the Board next month. He said preliminary electrical work, and other utility work may begin prior to November.
- Approval of minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Mayor James, to approve the minutes of the August 18, 2015, board meeting. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
- Chief Darryl Forté. Chief Forté said that because of the August 26, 2015, shooting of two journalists in Virginia, Captain Tye Grant and Officer Gary Knapp conducted a personal safety course for journalism representatives at the police academy on August 29, 2015. Chief Forté thanked these officers as well as Major Wayne Stewart for conducting this safety course.
Chief Forté said that Captain James Thomas requested to transfer from TEW to go back to work in the field because he believes he has something to offer to young people.
Chief Forté said Supervisor Robert Fields from CSI, responded to the scene of two suspicious deaths while he was using vacation time. Chief commended employees who go the extra mile.
Chief said that over the last month, the police department has conducted four community forums for senior citizens. Sgt. Robert Rickett and others from the Economic Crime Section made presentations at four different retirement homes to share information about identity theft, frauds, and scams, etc.
Chief Forté said that beginning September 21, 2015, the police department will hold daily media news briefings for the local media outlets. The police department will test this new program for 30 days to see if there is enough interest to continue.
The Crime Commission and the police department will host a town hall meeting with Mr. Chuck Wexler from PERF (Police Executive Research Forum). This meeting will be held on September 21, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.
Chief Forté said that Deputy Chief Hundley will convene a committee to review the President’s Task Force report entitled, 21st Century Policing. Deputy Chief Hundley will also review the Ferguson Commission report.
With regard to the requested budget, Chief Forté said the police department will work closely with Mayor James and the City Council. Chief Forté said additional law enforcement personnel is not the sole answer; there are many facets involved in keeping the city safe, i.e., employment opportunities, infrastructure, lighting, and addressing the issue of abandoned houses. Chief Forté said he wants everyone to consider the global perspective.
Chief Forté said he will continue to discuss the issues of race, gender bias, and institutional racism.
- Executive Services Bureau. Major Mark Francisco presented the following items for approval.
a. FY 2016-17 requested budget. A memorandum dated September 10, 2015, which outlined the FY 2016-17 requested budget that will be submitted to the City Council. The total of the General Fund plus all other funding requested is $236,817,951. Mr. Paul Kies, Budget Unit, provided an overview of the requested budget. The Mayor and the Board had numerous questions, which Mr. Kies answered.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the FY 2016-17 requested budget for submitting to the City. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
b. Budget transfers for FY 2015-16. A memorandum dated September 1, 2015, recommended budget transfers that will affect the general fund, and the police grants fund. This memorandum is marked Attachment “A” and is made a part of these minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader, with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the budget transfers as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
c. Mainframe migration and modernization testing and implementation services. A memorandum dated September 1, 2015, was submitted to approve the contract with Unicon Conversion Technologies, Inc., at a cost of $132,000.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the contract with Unicon Conversion Technologies, Inc. as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
d. CAD and RMS replacements. A memorandum dated August 31, 2015, was submitted to approve the replacement of the current CAD/RMS (computer aided dispatch and records management system) systems utilizing cooperative procurement contracts, GSA contracts, and sole source purchases. Funding has been identified using 2013B Special Obligation Bond Funds. The total cost is $9,324,471.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the replacement of the current CAD/RMS systems for a cost not to exceed $9,324,471. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
e. Board resolutions and signature cards for department accounts. A memorandum dated September 2, 2015, outlined the need for necessary signatures on board resolutions and signature cards with the Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union (formerly KCPCU) and UMB bank.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader, with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the necessary signatures as requested. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
f. HIDTA modification, #G14MW0005A. A memorandum dated September 2, 2015, recommended approval of the HIDTA grant modification. The modification reduces the award amount by $7,356.62, however, the original grant was over $1 million.
A motion was made by Mayor James, with a second by Commissioner Rader to accept the HIDTA award modification/reduction in the amount of $7,356.62. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
g. Renewal bid No. 2013-2, police uniforms. A memorandum dated September 2, 2015, recommended the renewal of the contract with Alamar Uniforms for the total anticipated expenditure of $398,972.36. This is the third and final renewal of this yearly contract.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Mayor James to approve the contract renewal with Alamar Uniforms in the amount of $398,972.36. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
- Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Deputy Chief Bob Kuehl submitted the basic training class summary for September 2015. Deputy Chief Kuehl said the current academy class consists primarily of outside agency recruits with just two KCPD recruits.
Deputy Chief Kuehl recommended approval of the following consent agenda items:
a. Project #887, Personnel Policy, K.C. Police Credit Union
b. Project #873, Procedural Instruction, Red File Targets
c. Project #688, Personnel Policy, Auxiliary Service Volunteer Program
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, with a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the consent agenda items. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt thanked Deputy Chief Kuehl for thoroughly examining policies. The Board asked why the police department has a policy for the police credit union. Major Scott Glaeser explained the history of the credit union policy, which today’s vote will rescind.
Commissioner Brooks commended and thanked Deputy Chief Kuehl for fielding questions at a recent community forum.
- Investigations Bureau.
Deputy Chief Rose asked the Board to view the artwork in the community room that was created by the students at the Arts Tech, Teens in Transition Program. Mayor James said that in the beginning of the program the teenagers were not happy to be there, however, by the end of the program the teenagers got to know each other, participated in team work, and were very proud of their accomplishments. KC NoVA and other police officers, were involved with the program and it has been a success.
Deputy Chief Rose said that over the past 10 days it has been unusually violent in the city, with numerous homicides. Deputy Chief Rose said she wanted to thank and recognize the Violent Crimes Division for all of their hard work during this extremely difficult time.
Deputy Chief Rose said there have been 66 homicides to-date for 2015, as compared to 54 for the same time period in 2014. She said 2,074 cases were presented to the prosecutor, and 1,349 were filed year-to-date for 2015.
Year-to-date there have been 163 drive-by shootings compared to 129 for the same time period in 2014. Deputy Chief Rose said these are occurring in the urban core in and around hot spot areas.
Mayor James said he was at the scene of the triple homicide that occurred on September 8, 2015, and he said the professionalism and attention to detail shown by the detectives was outstanding.
Commissioner Brooks congratulated Director Linda Netzel for securing a grant to assist with the DNA backlog. Ms. Netzel briefly spoke about the timeframe for these cases.
- Human Resources.
Captain Bob McLees presented the personnel summary dated September 9, 2015. Current department strength is 1,358 law enforcement and 544 civilians.
- Administration Bureau. Deputy Chief Hundley presented the Regional Criminalistics Division monthly statistics for September 2015.
Deputy Chief Hundley discussed an award that Director Linda Netzel will receive on September 24, 2015. Deputy Chief Hundley asked Director Netzel to explain the award. She said the award is provided by an organization called “Central Exchange” and it is directed toward women in the field of science, technology, and engineering. Director Netzel said she was nominated by Sergeant Paul Luster at the prompting of Commissioner Wasson-Hunt. Director Netzel thanked Commissioner Wasson-Hunt. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt said the police department is fortunate to have Director Netzel.
- Patrol Bureau. Deputy Chief David Zimmerman presented the monthly crime summary dated July 2015. A copy of the Crime Summary is marked as Attachment “B” and is attached to these minutes.
With regard to response times, Deputy Chief Zimmerman said the police department is still stressing that the officers get to the calls safely and once there to handle the call thoroughly.
Deputy Chief Zimmerman also submitted the Traffic Summary for the month of August 2015. This report is attachment “C” and is attached to these minutes. Deputy Chief Zimmerman said traffic tickets are up year-to-date and the police department continues to conduct DUI checkpoints. With regard to traffic fatalities, there have been 43 year-to-date, compared to 27 for the same time period last year.
- Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 99. Sgt. Brad Lemon had nothing to report.
- Commissioner Alvin Brooks. Commissioner Brooks said Commissioner Shurin is presently out of the country and he plans to attend next Board meeting.
- Mr. David V. Kenner. Mr. Kenner confirmed the scheduled Board meetings for October, November, and December. He said he will soon schedule the meetings for January, February, and March.
- Scheduled meetings.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas City
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas City
December 15, 2015
10:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, Community Room
1125 Locust, Kansas City
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, and seconded by Mayor James and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 11:28 a.m. and reconvene in closed session 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 July 22, 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, September 15, 2015, at KCPD Headquarters, 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
Commissioner Michael C. Rader – 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 September 15, 2015 (Commissioner Shurin was not present):
1) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to approve the application for continued employment of Police Officer Rita Olson-Stawicki. The vote was 4-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Rader 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 deny the request of Maxine Williams to waive the deadline under Section 84.610, R.S.Mo., within which to appeal her termination. The vote was 4-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Rader 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 August 18, 2015. The vote was 4-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
4) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Rader, 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 Wasson-Hunt voted Aye, Commissioner Rader voted Aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted Aye.
Board of Police Commissioner Minutes