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Last Published: 11/7/2013 10:29:12 AM
KANSAS CITY COMMITTEE RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Presided:1 - JOHN SHARP
Present:2 - MICHAEL BROOKS, SCOTT TAYLOR
Excused:1 - JERMAINE REED
 
 
 1. Shoal Creek Patrol Division update, Captain Chelly Pfeifer. Chelly Pfeifer, Kansas City Police, reported that her division is getting ready to have another active shooter training in one of the North Kansas City high schools on October 25th in collaboration with the Clay County Sheriff's Office. The division has a Lunch Buddy Program at North Kansas City School where the day watch officers eat breakfast or lunch with the kids to have a presence with the kids and let the staff know that they're nearby. For the month of October the division will teach self defense classes. Operation Safe Holiday begins after Thanksgiving which focuses on the 152 corridor and Choteau Crossing; passing out safety tips involving Christmas shopping. Captain Pfeifer stated that the division continues park patrols with ATV's and bicycles. There have also been two curfew sweeps this summer with 15 stops and 4 arrests. There was a media blitz in relation to it which meant they didn't have a lot of arrests. Property crimes is very active and within that is the crime free multi housing program. They have gotten almost every apartment complex onboard through Phase 1. They are also teaching the Health Department employees at the Zoo to bring them up to speed on the phases and what the division needs their help with in the program.
 
 2. There will be a discussion on Human Trafficking – U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tammy Dickinson. Tammy Dickinson, U.S. Attorney, introduced Supervisory Special Agent Keith Yaki, Federal, Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who heads the human trafficking arm of the FBI and Sgt. Brad Dumate, Kansas City Police Department (KCPD), who works closely with the FBI on all human trafficking matters. They are part of the ACT Team that is chaired by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Mr. Yaki stated that from a FBI standpoint human trafficking is very important since it is a form of modern day slavery. It is a civil rights matter and is worked under and by the Civil Rights Squad. Since it is a hidden crime and very hard to detect, they have to be very proactive and collaborate with the local and state agencies. In Western Missouri they have three different areas they work on: the Human Trafficking Project which is a task force between federal agencies, local agencies and nongovernmental organizations (i.e. shelters) to target the traffickers; the ACT Team, Active Coordination Trafficking Team, which combines all federal resources together to fight trafficking which combines the districts of St. Louis, Kansas City and all of Kansas; the Child Exploitation Task Force which targets the rescue of domestic minors that are engaged in commercial prostitution or commercial sex. Ms. Dickinson stated that she has two prosecutors one these issues. One specifically deals with the child aspect and one deals with the aspect of the teams. Councilman Brooks asked if they have seen any increase or decrease in relation to where we are with these issues in the last two years. Mr. Yaki stated that it very hard to state statistics in human trafficking because it is a very hidden crime. They don't know the totality of the trafficking victims. Sgt. Dumate stated that the reason it is becoming more prevalent and we are hearing more about it is because they have become smarter at identifying it. The department has been training its officers to be able to identify a human trafficking victim and who they might be. Councilman Sharp asked if most of these situations that we deal with in the Midwest are children and if there more cases where people have been lured to this country with the promise of good jobs. Mr. Yaki replied that it is prevalent in both areas, not only for commercial sex but also for forced labor and domestic servitude. When asked how the public could help them in their efforts, Ms. Dickinson replied that we could educate; recognizing it when you see it. Recognizing a victim when you see them and notifying law enforcement would be a huge resource. Sgt. Dumate briefly described what to look for in identifying a trafficking victim. In reply being asked who to contact for training, Mr. Yaki stated that a group could contact any member of the team. He gave examples of groups that are trained, i.e. Codes Enforcement, building inspectors, emergency room personnel, etc. He emphasized that anyone can be trained.
 
 3. There will be a discussion regarding August Fire Department EMS response times. Donna Maize, Fire Department, distributed copies of the August Response Time Report to the committee and summarized the statistical information in the report. A copy of the report is on file in the City Clerk's Office. Chief Berardi was asked if he foresaw any changes to the stations around Bannister Road with the upcoming development in the area. He stated that he is reaching out to Cerner and the developers through elected officials to make sure fire protection and EMS is considered in that development.
 
 4. There will be a discussion regarding operation of the ambulance service by the Fire Department including collections and membership marketing efforts. Mark O'Dell, Fire Department, distributed copies of the August Billing and Collection Summary, Revenue Report and Membership Report to the committee. A copy of the reports are on file in the City Clerk's Office. Mr. O'Dell stated that August has been closed out but the August figures are not included in the billing report. He walked the committee through the report. The revenue report does include August. Revenues are trending up as anticipated. The transition to new software slowed down the billing but they have caught on data entry. The membership report shows membership is holding steady compared to the last few months. The revenue is good with membership and they have not had as many write-offs related to those accounts.
 
 5. There may be a general discussion regarding current Public Safety & Emergency Services issues. Chief Paul Berardi stated that the department has kicked off its strategic plan. That plan will not only be a standard of coverage plan but also identify the department's goals and objectives for the next five years. To help identify those expectations they will actively seek out stakeholder input from external people, i.e. hospitals, city departments, elected officials, etc. Committee members discussed who should be included in those discussions.
 
 6. 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. No closed session.
 
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