September 16, 2014, Meeting
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, September 16, 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
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 Pastor Dennis Dewey.
1.) Awards and commendations.
Board Resolution No. 14-03 was presented to Mr. James Lindell recognizing him for his service to the police department from 1970 through 1993. Mr. Lindell thanked the Board for this recognition.
2.) City Architect.
Mr. Bosch provided the Board with an update on the current police department construction projects.
Mr. Bosch said good progress is being made on the EPD/crime lab project. He said the roof is going in on the multi-purpose room/gymnasium, and the walls are going up at the EPD station. Utility work is also being done.
With regard to police headquarters, two more floors are being completed. An open house for headquarters is scheduled for the evening of November 13, 2014. In addition, the Board meeting scheduled for November 25, 2014, will be held in the new community room at headquarters.
3.) Chief Darryl Forte’.
Chief Forte´ thanked Mr. Lindell for development of the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint System and the handgun retention system. Both help officers do their jobs more safely.
Chief Forte´ said that throughout the history of the police department race relations have been poor, especially since the race riots of 1968. He brings this up, not necessarily as a result of what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, but to keep this topic in the forefront.
The Chief said recruitment is everyone’s responsibility. He said he has talked to many people on the department who have never referred anyone. He encouraged department members to let others know that the police department is a good place to work. Chief Forte´ said that over the past three years, he has made a point to visit with minority officers who are no longer employed with the department. He said the common theme among them is that they felt hopeless and helpless while employed here because they felt as though they had no support.
With regard to body cameras, Chief Forte´ said he will bring an update of this topic to the Board in November or December 2014.
Mayor James said he agrees with thie Chief on the recruitment issue. He said that the officers who work his security detail are very good at talking to young people they encounter.
Commissioner Brooks thanked the Chief for his continued efforts related to recruitment and community relations.
Mayor James asked if the police department has an organized effort to attract minority women recruits. Chief Forte´ said yes, a written plan was put together six months ago.
4.) Executive Services Bureau.
Major Diane Mozzicato presented the following items for approval.
a.) Acceptance of FY 2014-15 Traffic Services grants. A memorandum dated September 3, 2014, recommended acceptance of the Missouri Division of Highway Safety grant for six different traffic projects for the period of October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. The total award amount is $533,541.48.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to accept the grant award from the Missouri Division of Highway Safety in the amount of $533,541.48. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
b.) Renewal Bid No. 2013-2 police uniforms. A memorandum dated September 3, 2014, recommended approval of a one-year contract renewal with Alamar Uniforms for the period of October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. The total anticipated expenditure is $387,097.45.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the contract with Alamar Uniforms for a total anticipated expenditure of $387,097.45. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
c.) IBM Coplink maintenance agreement. A memorandum dated September 3, 2014, recommended approval for the renewal of maintenance and licensing with IBM for a total expenditure of $137,504.67. The maintenance and licensing period is from September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015. A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Mayor James to approve the contract with IBM for a total expenditure of $137,504.67. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
d.) Electronic Control Devices (ECD) purchase. A memorandum dated September 4, 2014, recommended approval for the sole source purchase of 228 tasers, holsters, and eight data download ports from Ed Roehr Safety Products. The total cost is $273,428.72.
A motion was made by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the purchase of 228 tasers from Ed Roehr Safety Products in the amount of $273,428.72. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
e.) Copier contract renewal, U.S. Communities Contract. A memorandum dated September 3, 2014, recommended approval to extend the existing contract with Ricoh Business Systems for one year for the total anticipated cost of $229,740. The contract renewal utilizes the U.S. Communities Contract No. 7123-3/04-OTR.
A motion was made by Mayor James with a second by Commissioner Rader to approve the contract renewal with Ricoh Business Systems for the total anticipated cost of $229,740. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
f.) E-mail server upgrade and data archive solution. A memorandum dated September 9, 2014, recommended approval to purchase software and hardware from Alexander Open Systems in the amount of $639,731, and from World Wide Technologies in the amount of $14,548.03. Professional services will be purchased from R.F. Fisher in the amount of $5,410, utilizing the Clay County, Missouri contract #2011-215-2. The purchase from Alexander Open Systems will utilize the State of Kansas contract #10932. The purchase from World Wide Technologies will utilize Missouri Prime Vendor contract #C211034001. The total project cost is $659,689.03.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader with a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the purchase of software and hardware from Alexander Open Systems and World Wide Technologies, and professional services from R.F. Fisher for a total cost of $659,689.03. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
g.) Supplemental appropriations for FY 2014-15. A memorandum dated September 4, 2014, was submitted recommending that the Board approve the appropriation of $125,000 from the Public Safety Sales Tax fund to the police department to purchase camera equipment. Mayor James asked if this was new funding from the City Council. Major Mozzicato said it is new funding. This funding is not for the purchase of body cameras. This memorandum is marked attachment “A” and is made a part of these minutes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Rader and a second by Mayor James to approve the supplemental appropriations as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
h.) Budget transfers for FY 2014-15. A memorandum dated September 4, 2014, recommended approval to transfer funds in the general fund, public safety sales tax fund, police drug enforcement fund, and police grants fund. This memorandum is marked attachment “B” and is 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.
i.) Adjustments to special revenue accounts for FY 2014-15. A memorandum dated September 4, 2014, was submitted which outlines the details of the adjustment to the special revenue accounts. This memorandum is attachment “C” and made a part of these minutes.
A motion was made by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt to approve the adjustment to the special revenue accounts as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
5.) Professional Development and Research Bureau.
Deputy Chief Rose submitted the basic training class summary dated September 9, 2014. Mayor James asked about the cost to hire a police officer. Mr. Paul Kies said for an entrant officer it is about $52,000, and over the period of about eight years the average will rise to about $100,000. Those figures include salaries and benefits, but not workers compensation (because the department is self-insured) or equipment.
6.) Investigations Bureau.
Deputy Chief Randy Hopkins submitted the Investigation Bureau summary for August 2014. He said there have been 52 homicides to-date for 2014, with 76 for the same time period in 2013.
There have been 2,069 cases presented to the prosecutor with 1,638 cases filed.
Year-to-date there have been 129 drive-by shootings with 159 for the same period last year.
Deputy Chief Hopkins said the police department and the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department are co-hosting a seminar with the FBI, entitled the Kansas City Violent Crime Behavioral Analysis Seminar. The seminar is being held at the National WWI Museum, and 30 agencies are represented.
Commissioner Brooks said he predicts that there will be less than 100 homicides for 2014.
Mayor James asked if there are specific strategies that can be employed to prevent drive-by shootings. Chief Forte´ said the current strategy is hot spot policing.
Deputy Chief Hopkins said that recently seven homicides occurred in the same week and detectives, officers, and the community came together which led to the apprehending of the suspects involved in these homicides. Chief Forte´ thanked the Board for allowing the police department to determine which information to release to the public during the investigation of these crimes. If too much information is released it can hinder the investigation.
Commissioner Brooks had previously asked Deputy Chief Hopkins to discuss how the police department investigates crimes of domestic violence as well as sex crimes. Sergeant Lionel Colon provided the Board with an overview of the Sex Crimes Section. He said Sex Crimes consists of ten detectives and two sergeants, who investigate crimes involving adult victims. Victims become involved in the system by contacting the police from the scene, or from a hospital. At times victims may not contact the police right away, waiting to report the crime days, weeks, months, or years later and some victims never contact the police. The investigation is approached differently if the scene is “fresh” or “cold.” The best quality of evidence is retrieved within 48 hours. Sergeant Colon said once the police are called, it is the patrol officers who initially respond and collect the preliminary investigation information. The Sex Crimes Section will be contacted from the scene and detectives will respond directly to the scene or the hospital. MOCSA works closely with the victim, police department, and hospitals.
Sergeant Colon said each academy class is given an hour of instruction from the Sex Crimes Section.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt asked how many sex crimes are reported to KCPD each day. Sergeant Colon said close to 700 per year. Commissioner Wasson-Hunt suggested that there should be more that one hour of training at the academy on the topic of sex crimes. Sergeant Colon said most education on the department is continuing and on-the-job training. Deputy Chief Kuehl agreed that the training is on-going and provided examples.
Major Ron Fletcher said that during the academy, recruits receive basic training on all elements and all types of crimes. The Sex Crime Section comes to the academy to provide more detail about sexual crimes.
Deputy Chief Rose said recruits get many hours of training on sexual crimes and domestic violence. She will provide a breakdown of the hours.
Sergeant Derek Rothert provided the Board with an overview of the Domestic Violence Section. He said the investigation process for this unit is very similar to the Sex Crimes Section. Sergeant Rothert said when officers respond on calls of domestic violence they utilize the Lethality Assessment form to determine whether or not the victim can benefit from additional services that are immediately available. If the victim chooses to accept the additional services, they are put into contact with counselors from Rose Brooks or Synergy. The victims are also given instruction on how to obtain an order of protection from their local courthouse. Sergeant Rothert said the Domestic Violence Section works under two major federal grants, one funds overtime for work on cases, and one is a grant through Rose Brooks that provides for victim assistance and offender accountability. An advocate is assigned to the Domestic Violence Section as a result of this grant.
Commissioner Brooks asked how many domestic violence related cases are handled by the police department per year. Sergeant Rothert said there are over 5,000 domestic violence incidents reported throughout the year. Commissioner Brooks asked who makes the determination whether or not a domestic violence case is filed in Muncipal Court or State Court. Sergeant Rothert said he works with both city and state prosecutors and basic guidelines look at the severity of injuries and if there were prior incidents.
Deputy Chief Hopkins thanked Sergeant Colon and Sergeant Rothert for this presentation.
Director Linda Netzel said the lab successfully completed their audit that took place in June 2014, by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLAD), under their international program. To prepare for the audit the lab had to comply with nearly 450 new standards and it took the lab two years to prepare for the audit. During the June audit, ASCLAD had six findings for the lab out of 450 standards. These six issues were corrected in about 45 days. The lab was notified on September 3, 2014, that it had been accredited under the ASCLAD international program. Director Netzel said being accredited under the international program was a huge milestone for the lab. The Board congratulated Director Netzel.
7.) Human Resources.
Director Nick Nichols presented the personnel summary dated September 8, 2014. Current department strength is 1,408 law enforcement personnel compared to 1,380 for this same time period in 2013. Civilian strength is 582 positions compared to 568 positions for the same time period 2013. Director Nichols said there are still a large number of non-sworn vacancies, which impacts operations.
Human Resources will be testing for entry level police officer on October 18, 2014.
Mayor James asked if the non-sworn vacancies are clustered in any particular area. Director Nichols said they are dispersed throughout various elements on the department. With respect to dispatch and detention, the police department has made a commitment to keep those positions filled.
Mayor James asked how many people in civilian jobs are former sworn personnel. Director Nichols said there are a number of them. Mayor James said he would like to know the number, the areas in which there are clusters of vacancies, and he would like salary information for the civilian positions. He would also like to know how many civilians work in the motor pool, janitorial services, and IT.
Commissioner Brooks asked for the racial breakdown of the current entrant officer class. Director Nichols said there are 12 white males, three black males, one Hispanic male, three white females, and one black female.
8.) Administration Bureau.
Deputy Chief Hundley briefly discussed the recent national news that the computer systems of certain corporations had been victims of hacking. He said even though the police department system is very secure, there is a possibility that a breach could occur. He said our IT department is doing a good job of monitoring the computer infrastructure. Chief Forte´ said that on Monday, the department will hold an IT exercise.
9.) Patrol Bureau.
Deputy Chief Kuehl presented the monthly crime summary dated July 2014. A copy of the Crime Summary is marked as Attachment “D” and attached to these minutes.
Deputy Chief Kuehl submitted the August 2014 Traffic Summary. There were three fatalities in the month of August 2014, for a total of 27 fatalities for the year compared to 40 for the same time period last year. A copy of the Traffic Summary is Attachment “E” and attached to these minutes. Deputy Chief Kuehl said that 63 percent of the individuals killed were not wearing a seatbelt.
Deputy Chief Kuehl also submitted the August 2014 Executive Summary which is Attachment “F” and attached to these minutes.
10.) Major Steve Young.
a.) OCC investigations monthly report. Major Young submitted the OCC investigations monthly report dated September 4, 2014. There are currently 34 OCC’s under investigation.
Deputy Director Merrell Bennekin discussed the NACOLE conference that is currently underway. He said there are 318 in attendance which is the largest attendance for a NACOLE conference in history. He said the attendees are really enjoying the conference and enjoying Kansas City. OCC is grateful to the Board, the Chief, and the police department as a whole for their assistance to NACOLE.
11.) Audit Committee update.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt said she is looking forward to the police academy audit.
12.) Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 99.
Sergeant Brad Lemon said the FOP recently held their annual Bacon Ball Tournament.
Sergeant Lemon said the FOP collected money for the family of Topeka, Kansas, Officer Jason Harwood who was recently killed in the line of duty, and a number of FOP members attended his funeral.
He said that since last year there has been a 53 percent increase in the number of police officers killed in the line of duty by gun fire. In the last month there have been 11 officers killed nationally.
Sergeant Lemon said FOP Lodge #99 went to Ferguson, Missouri, and helped feed 500 officers, fire fighters, and first responders every evening.
13.) Election of Officers.
Commissioner Rader said he and Commissioner Brooks spoke prior to this meeting about whether or not Commissioner Brooks would like to commit to another term as Board President. Commissioner Brooks said he would like to remain in the position if the Board approves.
Mr. Kenner confirmed that Commissioner Brooks will remain as Board President; Commissioner Wasson-Hunt as Treasurer; and Commissioner Rader as Vice President.
14.) Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr.
Mayor James thanked the police department for the response to the recent homicides on Woodbridge. He said the response to the scene and quick apprehension of the suspect was outstanding police work.
He agreed with Chief Forte´ about using caution when putting information out on social media. Some members of the media go out of their way to antagonize the situation.
Mayor James complimented the police department for their desire to address the racial issues in the city with regard to policing. Since the events that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, this topic has been elevated to a higher level.
He thanked the Chief and others who came to the press conference that made the City’s position known on SB 656.
15.) Commissioner Angela Wasson-Hunt.
Commissioner Wasson-Hunt congratulated Commissioner Brooks for agreeing to another term as Board President.
16.) Commissioner Alvin Brooks.
Commissioner Brooks said it is his civic responsibility and it has been a pleasure working with the Board and police department staff.
He offered congratulations to Ms. Fain and her staff for the successful NACOLE conference.
17.) Scheduled meetings.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
9:00 a.m., South Patrol Division, 9701 Marion Park Drive
Annex Building, Multi-Purpose Room
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
9:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, 1125 Locust
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
9:00 a.m., KCPD Headquarters, 1125 Locust
A motion was made by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, seconded by Mayor James and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 11:00 a.m. and reconvene in closed session at 11:10 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 July 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, September 16, 2014, at the Regional Police Academy, 6885 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road, 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
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 16, 2014:
1) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Mayor James, the Board voted to approve the duty-related disability retirement of Officer Marta Hayes. 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.
2) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Mayor James, the Board voted to approve the application for continued employment of Reserve Police Officer Sharyn Mills. 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.
3) Following a motion by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt and a second by Commissioner Rader, the Board voted to approve the 60 month lease of a multi-jurisdictional covert facility at an annual cost of $406,402.38 for a lease contractual total of $2,032,011.90, for leasehold improvements at a cost not to exceed $710,621.00, and ancillary costs not to exceed $150,000.00. 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.
4) Following a motion by Commissioner Rader and a second by Commissioner Wasson-Hunt, the Board voted to approve the Memorandum of Agreement between the Board and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 99 in the form presented to it, with the caveat that the change in Article 17, Section 3 shall not be effective until January 1, 2015. 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.
5) 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 Rader voted aye, Commissioner Wasson-Hunt voted aye, and Commissioner Brooks voted aye.
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