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Last Published: 6/29/2010 11:19:22 AM
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:1 - CATHY JOLLY

RESOLUTION - Authorizing and requesting the Mayor to submit a grant application under the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women in the amount of $236,090.00 for a Court Training and Improvement Program for the Kansas City, Missouri Domestic Violence Court and Kansas City, Missouri Domestic Violence Victims Assistance Program. .

Martha Means, Law Department, explained the purpose of the grant to be used in the Municipal Court's Domestic Violence Program. Ms. Mead answered questions from the committee regarding staff funded for the Court Training and Improvement Program. There was no public testimony.
Ayes: 5 - Jolly, Sharp, Circo, Curls, Johnson
Nays: 0

Amending Chapter 18, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Article III, Section 18-57, Adoption of International Residential Code (2006); amendments, and enacting in lieu thereof a new article and section of like number and subject matter, to establish standards to make dwelling units resistant to unlawful entry.

 There may be general discussion(s) on current Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee issues. Colonel Cy Ritter, Kansas City Police Department, distributed a map indicating the rapes in the Waldo area in 1980's and recent rapes. Colonel Ritter stated that his department has a suspect in custody who has been charged with four of the 1980's rapes and this person is also a person of interest/suspect in the more recent rapes. There will be a presentation on Academy Leadership Training (Choice and Benedictine MBA) by the Kansas City Police Department. Colonel Cy Ritter introduced the presenters to the committee: Captain Scott Glaeser, Regional Police Academy; Captain Daniel Gates, Regional Police Academy; and Deputy Chief Nick Nichols, Chief's Office. Captain Glaeser explained the premise of the leadership academy. He stated the courses taught focus on character development, unconditional respect, effective communication and accountability for results. A series of courses have been developed that expand and build on these values. Captain Glaeser described one of the courses and how the course was developed. He spoke about other agencies and companies inquiring about using the Academy's leadership training course to train their employees. This course along with others has been integrated into a degree program in collaboration with Benedictine University. Captain Gates stated that Benedictine was chosen from a request for proposal that the academy put out in October, 2009. Benedictine University was the chosen school with the advanced degree, MBA in Leadership. Captain Gates gave a brief description of the curriculum. The program will be held at the Police Academy campus and is a one year program. The first class is to start in August, 2010 and will probably have approximately 20 students. In order to encourage employee participation, Benedictine has agreed to furnish several scholarships to help defer the costs and still provide a good advanced degree opportunity. Benedictine has agreed that anyone who graduates from the basic training academy will be able to purchase 33 hours of undergraduate credit in case they do not have their bachelors degree. Benedictine will also provide 6 hours of certificate leadership for participation leadership academy if they don't want to complete the MBA leadership. There is also a one year lecture series where members of the business community and other speakers from our region and across the country come to speak at the academy to current and past participants of the program. Captain Glaeser answered questions from the committee regarding the number of officers in the department with college degrees. There will be a presentation on City and Police Collaborations by the Kansas City Police Department and the City Manager's Office. Rich Noll, City Manager's Office and Deputy Chief Nick Nichols, Kansas City Police Department, distributed a summary of City and Police Department consolidations and collaborations to the committee. (A copy is on file in the City Clerk's Office.) Mr. Noll gave a brief explanation of the reason for the update. He stated that the committee had requested updates on various police activities and this is the last item on the list. Over approximately two years, the City and the Police Department have been working on variety of initiatives to improve efficiencies, save money, etc. by combing on a number of services. Mr. Nichols and Mr. Noll went over items in the summary. Pursuant to the following subsections of Section 610.021 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, there may be a closed session to discuss: (1) legal matters, litigation, or privileged communications with attorneys, pursuant to subsection 1; (2) real estate, pursuant to subsection 2; (3) personnel, pursuant to subsection 3 and 13; and/or (4) sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12.