July 7, 2020 Meeting

Publish Date 07/07/2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

MINUTES OF THE

BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING

TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2020

 

A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust Street, Kansas City.

PRESENT:

Commissioner Don Wagner, President

Commissioner Mark Tolbert, Vice President

Commissioner Cathy Dean, Treasurer

Commissioner Nathan Garrett, Member

Mayor Quinton Lucas, Member

Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney

Richard C. Smith, Chief of Police

 

This meeting was called to order at 9:36 a.m. by Commissioner Tolbert.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, this was a blended meeting with some Board members attending in-person and some members participating via telephone.  Commissioner Tolbert advised that Commissioner Wagner would be a few minutes late to the meeting.  Commissioner Tolbert provided the invocation.    

  1. Annual Audit Presentation. Mr. Michael Keenan, Cochran Head Vick & Co. (CHV), presented the annual audit for the year ending April 30, 2020.  The audit reflects that the Department complied in all material respects with the finance-related laws and regulations that govern their operations.  No illegal acts were discovered, no difficulties or disagreements with management occurred, and full access to books and records was given.  CHV issued an unmodified (“clean”) opinion that the Department’s financial statements are fairly presented in all material respects.  CHV did not identify any deficience in internal control that it considered to be material weaknesses.  Mr. Keenan thanked all Department Fiscal Unit members for their assistance during the audit.

    A motion was made by Commissioner Dean, with a second by Mayor Lucas, to accept the Annual Audit as presented.  The vote was 4-0 in favor.

    Commissioner Wagner joined the meeting at 9:44 a.m.

  1. Councilwoman Heather Hall. Councilwoman Hall advised that her prayers are going out to the two officers injured in separate shootings on Thursday, July 2, 2020.  She advised that the Special Committee meeting being held today to discuss local control of the Department has been cancelled.  She also advised that she will make the request to hold discussions regarding the reduction of the Department’s budget.  She spoke about all of the unforeseen overtime that Department members were required to work during the protests and the costs that are associated with that.  She believes it is not feasible to reduce the current Department budget.

In response to a question from Commissioner Garrett, Councilwoman Hall advised that the City needs to fund the Department to the best of its ability, and a reduction of the budget would hurt the people of Kansas City.  The Department totaled over $2.1 million in overtime during a week-long period of continuous protests.  These additional hours worked by members cannot be erased, and funding must be identified.  Councilwoman Hall advised that the City did not lose as much revenue as they initially anticipated.  She believes City Council needs to evaluate KCPD’s budget and needs on a month-to-month basis instead of one large reduction at once.

Councilwoman Hall also advised that she was the only Councilperson that voted against erasing the citations of those ticketed at the recent protests.  She believes that the City should have let the judicial system and due process play out.  Mayor Lucas later advised that Councilwoman Theresa Loar also voted against erasing those citations.  Mayor Lucas also believes that the Department should be looked at weekly to determine its financial needs.  He advised that City Council votes will likely be split 50/50 when voting on a budget reduction for the Department.  He advised that the Department should provide City Council with a detailed report that outlines exactly where money is spent and why it’s important for public safety. 

Commissioner Tolbert stated that defunding the Department is not the elimination of funding, but rather a major reforming process.  He believes money should be allocated to provide more Department psychologists, social workers, and mental health treatment in the City.  Mayor Lucas spoke about the need for a large mental health triage center in the City.  Commissioner Garrett added that social workers cannot safely answer 911 calls without the presence of law enforcement.  These calls can become extremely dangerous, and often require law enforcement intervention.

  1. Chief of Police Richard C. Smith. Chief Richard Smith spoke about the East Patrol Officer that was shot in the head upon arrival of a call on July 2, 2020.  The officer underwent multiple surgeries, and is recovering at Truman Medical Center.  Chief Smith displayed a stack of approximately 100 thank you cards to officers from members of the community that have been received at the patrol division stations.

Chief Smith provided a COVID-19 update.  He advised that 20 members of KCPD have tested positive for the virus.  As positive numbers continue to rise in the City and across the country, it is likely that additional members will test positive.  Chief Smith explained that multiple guidelines are in place to protect members and others from COVID-19.  Testing has been made available to members. 

Chief Smith advised that the body camera project group met for the first time last week to begin discussions regarding implementation across the Department.  The group will meet again tomorrow at Headquarters to continue discussion.  Chief Smith noted that the After-Action Report from the protests should be completed and available to review by the August Board meeting. 

Major Michael Hicks provided an update on the Niche Record Management System.  Major Hicks advised that the first phase of the transition to Niche has been completed.  Phase One of the project included implementation of the Niche RMS and the costs surrounding it.  The Department is currently in Phase Two, which covers the migration of the old system, Tiburon, into the Niche RMS.  Phase Two should be complete in approximately two weeks.  The cost of Niche is an annual fee that is based on the number of users. 

Upon completion of Phase Two, the Department will enter Phase Three of the Niche migration.  This phase will expand the system to allow the connection with any other police agency’s record management system nationwide, and work as an enhanced information sharing capability.  This is called InterNiche.  KCPD could also act as a “hub” for smaller municipalities in the Kansas City area, which will allow these agencies to share information between one another. 

 Deputy Chief Francisco provided an update on the Omaha, Nebraska Crime Reduction Program.  He advised that he spoke with Deputy Chief Scott Gray of the Omaha Police Department.  Deputy Chief Gray advised that the Omaha PD had a 40 percent reduction in violent crime last year.  For the past ten years, Omaha has seen a steady decline in violent crime and the lowest homicide numbers reported in  years.  He noted that there has been a substantial increase in violent crime in Omaha this year.

Omaha PD attributes the violent crime reduction to community relations and targeted enforcement.  Deputy Chief Francisco advised that KCPD has similar initiatives that target the most violent offenders, such as the weekly shoot review meetings.  The Operation Relentless Pursuit grant also allows securely gather intelligence information and release it to officers in patrol.  Like Kansas City, Omaha also has a $25,000 Crime Stoppers Reward through the TIPS Hotline Program for homicide tips that lead to an arrest.   

  1. Public Comments. Members of the public submitted comments to the Board through the Board of Police Commissioners’ email address, bopc@kcpd.org.  The Board received 219 written comments in total as of 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.  A breakdown of the comments is as follows: 30 comments were submitted providing thanks and support to KCPD, 64 emails were received calling for the termination of Chief Rick Smith, 17 emails were received requesting the Board retain Rick Smith as Chief of Police, 47 of the emails received were in favor of retaining State Control of the Police Department and against local City control, 13 individuals submitted comments stating they are against defunding KCPD and cutting the Department’s budget, one individual asked that the City defund KCPD, one comment was received in favor of Mayor Lucas’ request of Governor Parson to call a special session of the Missouri General Assembly to consider urgent legislation to reduce violent crime in Missouri’s cities, four individuals submitted comments regarding policy reviews and changes, 28 comments demanded the ban on chokeholds, strangleholds, and knee holds, three emails were received demanding justice for Donnie Sanders, Cameron Lamb, and Ryan Stokes, and miscellaneous comments made up the other 11 emails regarding Ordinance 200415, changes in Department training, homicide numbers and violent crime in Kansas City, and managing community complaints.

    Commissioner Garrett requested that these public comments be posted publicly in their entirety.  Public comments received by email will be posted on the Department’s website (www.kcpd.org) at the conclusion of each Board meeting.  Commissioner Garrett also assured that Board members read through every public comment they receive. 

  1. Approval of minutes. A motion was made by Commissioner Dean, with a second by Commissioner Tolbert, to approve the minutes of the open meeting on June 16, 2020.  The vote was 5-0 in favor.

A motion was made by Commissioner Dean, with a second by Commissioner Tolbert, to approve the minutes of the Audit Committee Meeting on June 29, 2020.  The vote was 5-0 in favor.

  1. Executive Services Bureau. Deputy Chief Karen True presented the following items for Board approval:
  2. Budget Transfers for Fiscal Year 2020-21. A memorandum dated

June 26, 2020, was presented to recommend approval of budget transfers.  This budget transfer will affect the Police Workers’ Compensation Internal Service Fund 1011 and the Police Workers’ Compensation Internal Service Fund 0720.

    A motion was made by Commissioner Tolbert, with a second by Commissioner Dean, to approve the budget transfers as presented.  The vote was 5-0 in favor. 

Deputy Chief True provided an update on the Communications Unit.  She advised that the Communications Unit is currently staffed with 97 members, leaving nine vacant positions.  She also advised that two members were hired in June 2020, and the Department is still hiring for call taker and dispatcher positions.  Industry standards suggest that the Department needs additional personnel staffing the Communications Unit.  Individuals interested in applying for a call taker or dispatcher position can complete an application online at careers.kcpd.org, or in-person at the Department’s Employment Section, HQ Annex – 2nd Floor, 901 Charlotte Street, Kansas City. 

  1. Professional Development and Research Bureau. Acting Deputy Chief Gregory Dull presented the Academy Class Summary for July 2020.  There is currently one class in the Academy (169th Entrant Officer Class), and 23 of the recruits are employed by KCPD.  The 170th Entrant Officer Class has been postponed pending the outcome of the upcoming budget decisions made by City Council.  The Human Resources Division has background investigations completed on 29 applicants, so there is a pool of qualified candidates ready for hire when the Department gets approval to proceed with another class. 

Commissioner Dean asked how many of the 29 applicants are minorities.  Deputy Chief Wadle advised that 14 of the 29 applicants are minorities.  The breakdown is as follows: three Black males, one Black female, four Hispanic males, one Asian male, five White females.  The remaining 15 recruits are White males.  Human Resources is continuing to process applicants for sworn law enforcement positions.  Commissioner Garrett applauded the Department for their efforts in minority recruitment. 

Commissioner Tolbert inquired about minority definitions, and specifically who/what determines that White females are considered a minority group.  Mayor Lucas explained that females, no matter their race, are considered minorities in historically under-represented groups, such as the Fire and Police Departments, because they are considered male-dominated careers.  He advised that the Department’s classification of White females is consistent with City policy.

Acting Deputy Chief Dull advised that the Police Athletic League will reopen next week on a limited basis with strict guidelines.  Despite the COVID-19 concerns and risks, Acting Deputy Chief Dull advised that opening the PAL Center allows for outreach to an under-served area of the City and works as a long-term recruitment and engagement tool with the City’s youth.  Masks will be required, temperatures will be taken at the door, and limited capacity at the Center will be enforced. 

Acting Deputy Chief Dull presented the following consent agenda item:

  1. Project #804: Police Vehicular Reporting

A motion was made by Commissioner Dean, with a second by Mayor Lucas, to approve the consent agenda items as presented.  The vote was 5-0 in favor. 

  1. Investigations Bureau. Deputy Chief Mark Francisco presented the Investigations Bureau report for June 2020.  He advised that to-date in 2020, there have been 99 homicides, compared to 71 at this time last year; there were 61 homicides for this same time frame in 2018, 73 in 2017, and 53 in 2016. There were 72 non-fatal shootings in June 2020, compared to 65 in June 2019.  There have been an additional 12 victims as of July 6, 2020.  Deputy Chief Francisco advised there have been 250 drive by shootings year-to-date 2020, compared to 228 at this time last year.  There were 49 drive by shootings in June 2020, compared to 41 in June 2019.  Of the 49 drive by shootings in June 2020, 131 victims were identified; and 14 of the victims sustained injuries.  There were 180 firearms recovered Department-wide in June 2020, compared to 165 in June 2019; 1,255 firearms have been recovered year-to-date 2020, compared to 1,149 for the same time frame in 2019.

    Commissioner Garrett noted that cases submitted for prosecution are down considerably.  Deputy Chief Francisco advised that COVID-19 is affecting all Federal, County, City partners.  In addition, the protests shifted manpower away from day-to-day patrol and investigative activities.

Deputy Chief Francisco provided an update on the Midwest High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Threat Assessment from 2019.  Midwest HIDTA region consists of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota.  The assessment advises that marijuana, heroin, synthetic opioids, and methamphetamine continue to be the most available and most used drugs in the Midwest HIDTA region.  A combination of opioids mixed with other illicit drugs continues to be observed by law enforcement and public health officials across the Midwest.  In 2019, Midwest HIDTA documented 638 drug trafficking organizations operating within the region.  They identified 6,039 members and 947 leaders.

Commissioner Garrett spoke about probable cause statements and the misunderstanding around them.  Commissioner Garrett advised that a probable cause statement is a sworn or attested affidavit, where a police officer is swearing under oath that he/she believes that probable cause of a crime exists or occurred.  The notion told by the Jackson County Prosecutor is that the Department is obstructing justice.  Commissioner Garrett explained that this is untrue.  He advised that on every occasion, case files in their entirety are submitted to the respected Prosecutor’s Office for review. 

Commissioner Garrett advised that the only case files typically delivered to the Prosecutor’s Office are only those that the Department is seeking prosecution on, where a crime has occurred.  However, all case files regarding officer-involved shootings or significant use of force incidents are provided to the Prosecutor’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI for their review on every single occasion.  Once the case file is provided to the Prosecutor’s Office, the Prosecutor has full authority of the law to utilize the grand jury.  Commissioner Garrett explained that the Jackson County Prosecutor does not want to use the grand jury for police officers, but instead wants to use an informal charging process through a sworn probable cause statement.  Commissioner Garrett reiterated that all case files on any officer-involved shooting or significant use of force events are always provided in their entirety to the respective prosecutor.    

  1. Administration Bureau. Deputy Chief Shawn Wadle presented the Regional Criminalistics Division Report for July 2020.  He advised that Crime Lab backlog is trending favorably, with the exception of trace and digital evidence.  Both of these sections are experiencing vacancies.  Last month, the DNA Section set the record for cases completed in one month at 89.  In June, the DNA Section beat their record again with two additional cases completed.    

Deputy Chief Wadle presented the Human Resources Personnel Summary dated July 1, 2020.  For this time period, Department strength is 1,333 sworn law enforcement and 563 career civilians.  There are currently 42 sworn law enforcement vacancies; however, there are 24 recruits in the Academy that will graduate on September 10, 2020.  Those recruits will fill over half of the vacant positions.

Deputy Chief Wadle advised that in May 2020, the Regional Crime Lab went through its annual ANAB Audit.  The Audit revealed no issues, and accreditation of the Lab was extended for one year.    

  1. Patrol Bureau. Deputy Chief Karl Oakman advised that two officers were shot in the line of duty in two separate incidents on July 2, 2020. Deputy Chief Oakman advised that the men and women of the Department continued to protect and serve 24/7 after these events, leading into a busy 4th of July holiday weekend.  Deputy Chief Oakman expressed his appreciation to the officers for their dedication to protecting and serving the City despite these events. 

Deputy Chief Oakman presented the Monthly Crime Summary for May 2020.  Deputy Chief Oakman noted the increase in violent crime numbers due to the increase of homicides and aggravated assaults.  Property crimes continue to trend down.  Response times slightly increased due to the City reopening, but are still lower than the response times for this time period last year.  Total calls for service have slightly decreased.  The 911 Call Center has received 88,481 calls year-to-date, and 35,813 of them were handled by alternative means. 

Deputy Chief Oakman presented the Traffic Summary for the month of June 2020.  He noted the reduction of citations over the last month.  The recent protests and Operation 100s have contributed to this reduction.  Total citations in June 2020 totaled 4,899, compared to 16,588 in June 2019.  There have been 83,754 citations have been issued year-to-date 2020.  The average number of citations per stop in the month of June by Traffic Enforcement Officers was 1.19.  Deputy Chief Oakman noted that while motor vehicle accidents statistics around the City are down, there has been an increase of fatalities year-to-date.  There have been 52 fatality accidents to-date 2020, compared to 36 at this time last year.  Excessive speed, substance abuse, and inattention have been major contributing factors in the fatality accidents.

Deputy Chief Oakman spoke about Operation 100s.  An Operation 100 is an incident or scene that involves an armed or barricaded subject, or a hostage situation.  Tactical Enforcement Squads are utilized during these situations.  The goal of an Operation 100 is to de-escalate the situation using negotiators, in hopes of creating a peaceful outcome.  To-date 2020, there has been 24 Operation 100s; 14 of these Operation 100s have occurred in the months of June and July.

Deputy Chief Oakman spoke about the recent protests.  To-date 2020, there has been 32 protests; 19 of the protests have occurred since the month of May.  The average protest occurring in the months January through April lasted approximately two hours.  The average protest occurring in the months of May to present time have lasted approximately eight hours.

  1. Office of Community Complaints. Director Merrell Bennekin presented the OCC Monthly Report for June 2020 and the Semi-Annual Report for 2020. Year-to-date, the OCC has received 124 complaints.  The complaint breakdown is as follows: three bias-based policing, 13 discourtesy, 14 excessive use of force, 6 harassment, 21 improper member conduct, 64 improper procedures, and three not yet determined.  Complaints received for this time period have decreased by four percent compared to this same time period in 2019 when the OCC received 129 complaints. 

The OCC forwarded 81 of the complaints received to be formally investigated by the Internal Affairs Unit.  Complaints investigated by the Internal Affairs Unit have increased by 14 percent compared to this same time period in 2019; in the first six months of 2019, the Internal Affairs Unit formally investigated 70 complaints.

Forty-one of the 124 complaints received by the OCC were closed due to administrative reasons, such as lack of cooperation by the complainant, withdraw of the complaint, or resolution without investigation.  This represents a 66 percent decrease from this time period last year when 68 were processed by one of these means and did not require formal investigation.  The OCC has rendered recommendations on 94 complaint investigations.  These recommendations are as follows: 27 not sustained, 29 exonerated, three sustained, one voluntary withdraw from complainant, 22 non-cooperation, and 12 complaints were administratively closed by the OCC. 

In response to a question from Commissioner Tolbert, Director Bennekin advised that the Internal Affairs Unit is investigating an incident that was brought to the Board’s attention last month.  This incident occurred at the Go-Chicken-Go restaurant, and was referenced in a written public comment at the June BOPC meeting. 

Mayor Lucas invited Director Bennekin to speak about the community complaints process at an upcoming City Council meeting.  Commissioner Garrett spoke highly of Director Bennekin, noting that he has a very important role and is great at his job.  Commissioner Garrett encouraged Director Bennekin to hold conversations with the Board and City Council regarding the OCC’s critical role and any concerns that they may have.

Mayor Lucas raised concerns with the age requirement when filing a community complaint.  Commissioner Dean inquired about the OCC website. Director Bennekin advised that they are still in the process of receiving bids for the new website launch.  The OCC continues to put high emphasis towards the roll out of the new website.  In response to a question from Mayor Lucas, Director Bennekin emphasized that the OCC is a neutral and impartial oversight agency that stands ready and available to investigate complaints made against Department personnel by community members. 

Senior Legal Analyst Karen Williams provided information regarding the complaint process.  Ms. Williams explained that every complaint is sorted into one of the following categories: bias-based policing, discourtesy, excessive use of force, harassment, improper member conduct, and improper procedure.  The OCC does not handle complaints that stem from incidents that occur when an officer or Department member is off-duty.  The OCC does not investigate incidents such as disarming of a member, discharge of a firearm, in-custody deaths, serious bodily injury, honors or awards, or any other investigation as ordered by the Chief of Police of their designee.  These types of investigations are conducted by the Department’s Internal Affairs Unit.  Complainants are always notified of how their complaint is being investigated. 

Ms. Williams advised that the OCC has used the same database since 2004.  Within the database, Ms. Williams located 41 complaints originated in OCC, but later initiated into a miscellaneous investigation.  In response to a question, Ms. Williams advised that the new website will also provide complaint data and statistics for members of the public to view. 

Director Bennekin spoke about the function of the OCC during the recent protests.  He ensured that the OCC will increase the mechanisms used to provide information to all involved stakeholders, whether it involves complaint statistics or the investigative process.  The complaint narrative will be relayed accurately, in its totality, and in proper context.  The OCC strives to increase public confidence in the complaint process and police accountability systems. 

Director Bennekin advised that the OCC is in the process of reactivating the OCC Advisory Council.  The purpose of this Council is to create additional opportunities for the community to voice their concerns regarding alleged police misconduct, to participate in and identify training and activities to increase cultural awareness and responsiveness, to participate in and create activities that will afford the public opportunities to learn about policing, to review and offer comment on Department policies and procedures, to advise the OCC on the complaint handling processes, and to interact with the Board of Police Commissioners, elected officials, and the community regarding civilian oversight in general.  Mr. Bennekin also advised that as Director of the OCC, he is reviewing the OCC’s strategic initiatives and structure of the Office.  This report will provide deep knowledge of the history and operations of the OCC, and will offer information on the successes and effectiveness of the civilian oversight agency.  

Director Bennekin gave his condolences to the family and friends of Former Commissioner Bailus Tate.  Commissioner Tate passed away on June 30, 2020. 

  1. Audit Committee Update. Commissioner Dean advised that a recent performance audit suggested that IT functions should be moved out of the Communications Unit and into the Information Services Unit. Also, a performance audit of the Communications Unit revealed that morale amongst call takers and dispatchers is down.  Members of the Communications Unit are expected to work mandatory overtime.  It was mentioned that other agencies communications centers work 12-hour shifts.  There is a concern with working 12-hour shifts because it is such a detail-oriented job that requires great focus.  Commissioner Dean noted that intensive care nurses often work 12-hour shifts, which is very detailed work.  She requested that research be conducted on this matter. 
  2. Mayor Quinton Lucas. Mayor Lucas thanked the Department and ensured that the members of KCPD have support even if it hasn’t felt that way in recent days. He also stated that KCPD did a good job working the protests in comparison to other agencies around the country. 

Mayor Lucas spoke about the City budget reduction.  The City is trying to save roughly $50 million; $20 million of the savings will come from public safety funds.  Mayor Lucas advised that an ordinance will be introduced this Thursday at the City Council meeting from the Finance Department regarding budget discussions. 

Mayor Lucas advised that the City is in search for a new City Manager.  COVID-19 has presented challenges in the interview and hiring process, but the process continues.  He spoke of the important relationship between the Department and the City Manager’s Office. 

Mayor Lucas spoke about the revisions to Department policies regarding use of force and the community complaint process.  He promised continued conversation and review of these procedures. 

Mayor Lucas spoke about the need to identify additional funding for witness protection programs and a mental health triage center in the City.                  

  1. Commissioner Nathan Garrett. Commissioner Garrett thanked Director Bennekin for his comments and increasing the profile of the OCC. Commissioner Garrett thanked the Department members for their continuous dedication to protecting and serving the City. He also extended prayers to the officers that were injured in shootings last week. 
  2. Commissioner Mark Tolbert. Commissioner Tolbert noted that Ralph C. Johnson & Co., a minority firm, assisted Cochran, Head, Vick & Co. in the annual audit. He thanked Cochran, Head, Vick & Co. for obtaining a minority company for assistance.
  3. Commissioner Don Wagner. Commissioner Wagner praised Chief Rick Smith for his dedication to the Department and the City. Commissioner Wagner spoke of initiatives and funding that Chief Smith has secured under his leadership.  He stated that the behind-the-scenes work and hours that Chief Smith puts in is immeasurable.   
  4. Scheduled meetings. The Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri has scheduled the following meetings:

 

Board Hearing:

 

In Re:  The Matter of the Disciplinary Proceedings of:

P.O. James Peeler #5706

Friday, August 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room. 1125 Locust, Kansas City.

 

Regular Meetings:

 

August 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.

 

September 29, 2020, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.

 

October 27, 2020, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.

 

November 10, 2020, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.

 

December 8, 2020, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.

 

    A motion was made by Commissioner Dean, with a second by Mayor Lucas, and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 12:29 p.m. and reconvene in closed session as provided in the following resolution.  Following a roll call, the vote was 5-0 in favor.

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, notice of the board meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners was given on February 19, 2020, 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, July 7, 2020, at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust Street, Kansas City, for the purpose of discussing personnel matters, labor negotiations, and litigation matters.

The following Commissioners were present and voted to go into closed session as follows:  

    Commissioner Don Wagner                -   Aye

    Commissioner Mark Tolbert              -   Aye

    Commissioner Cathy Dean                -   Aye

Commissioner Nathan Garrett            -   Aye

    Mayor Quinton Lucas                    -   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 July 7, 2020:

The Board went into closed session at 12:41 p.m. 

1)  Following a motion by Commissioner Dean and a second by Mayor Lucas, the Board voted to approve the letter of understanding between the Board of Police Commissioners, the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 99, and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 102, relating to the Police Athletic League Training Division.  The vote was 5-0 in favor.  Following polling, Mayor Lucas voted Aye, Commissioner Wagner voted Aye, Commissioner Dean voted Aye, Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye, and Commissioner Garrett voted Aye.

2)  Following a motion by Commissioner Tolbert and a second by Commissioner Dean, the Board voted to approve the extension of RFP 2017-8 for the lease of vehicles for covert operations.  The vote was 5-0 in favor.  Following polling, Mayor Lucas voted Aye, Commissioner Wagner voted Aye, Commissioner Dean voted Aye, Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye, and Commissioner Garrett voted Aye.

    Commissioner Garrett left the meeting at 1:53 p.m.

3)  Following a motion by Commissioner Dean and a second by Commissioner Tolbert, the Board voted to approve the applications for continued employment of Reserve Sergeant Edward Mulloy, Reserve Police Officer Don Smarker, Detention Officer Syed Hassan, and Police Officer John Wilson.  The vote was 4-0 in favor.  Following polling, Mayor Lucas voted Aye, Commissioner Wagner voted Aye, Commissioner Dean voted Aye, and Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye.

4)  Following a motion by Commissioner Dean and a second by Commissioner Tolbert, the Board voted to approve the minutes of the closed session of the Board of Police Commissioners on June 16, 2020.  The vote was 4-0 in favor.  Following polling, Mayor Lucas voted Aye, Commissioner Wagner voted Aye, Commissioner Dean voted Aye, and Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye.

5)  Following a motion by Commissioner Dean and a second by Mayor Lucas, the Board voted to come out of closed session and adjourn.  The vote was 4-0 in favor.  Following polling, Mayor Lucas voted Aye, Commissioner Wagner voted Aye, Commissioner Dean voted Aye, and Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye.

The meeting adjourned at 2:07 p.m.

 

   

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