posted on January 21, 2020 10:11
The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners met on January 14, 2020, at 11:00 AM, in the Board of Police Commissioners board room, B-118. In attendance were Commissioners Price, Schwerin, Gaertner, Hassler, Punch and Chief Belmar.
- Open Discussions
- Chief Belmar announced that the next Board of Police Commissioners meeting will be held at 6:30 PM on February 19th at the Hazelwood East Early Childhood Education Center, located at 12555 Partridge Run.
Chief Belmar presented to the Board the Department's 2019 annual report, which included accomplishments made through the year and the Department's goals for the year 2020. Chief Belmar will have Sergeant Robertson contact Commissioner Punch reference to questions she had about the CIT program. Chief Belmar informed Commissioner Gaertner that the CAPLE (Career Pathways through Law Enforcement) will kick off on January 25th
- Chairman Price requested to move the adoption of the St. Louis County's Executive Order 5 to the new business portion of the meeting. All board members agreed.
- Discussion of an RFP for the Diversity and Inclusion Unit took place. It was decided that Commissioner Punch will work with Captain Cox and the Unit to prepare a draft RFP to present at the February Board of Police Commissioners meeting.
- Chairman Price swore in two Lambert Airport police officers.
- Public Forum
Ms. Angela Zorich approached the board questioning whether tactical officers will be wearing body cameras. Chief Belmar stated yes. Ms. Zorich continued, asking the board to make sure bad officers are held accountable. She doesn't feel the officers involved in her case have been held accountable for their actions during the search warrant executed at her house.
Reverend Darryl Gray welcomed the new board members, stating the region is excited for their new leadership. Reverend Gray asked the board to look into why the MOU between the Department and the Ethical Society of Police is not being signed. He further stated African American officers in the Department feel like they need this society because the Department is treating them unfairly. Reverend Gray went onto state that Lieutenants Morgan and Rice and Officer Hall run the society and feel as though they are being targeted because of their positions in the society and asked the board to look into the intimidation they are experiencing by superiors on the Department, including the recent transfer of Lieutenant Rice. He expressed the need for swift progress in the Department.
Chairman Price stated the Board wants to hear the public's concerns and thanked Reverend Gray for speaking.
Commissioner Punch requested there be more transparency between the Chief and the Board reference internal transfers.
Commissioner Hassler requested further discussion on the ethical society's MOU and why there is a need for an ethical society and a police association. Chief Belmar will provide information on the MOU in the legal briefing.
Motion was made by Commissioner Hassler and seconded by Commissioner Gaertner to close the meeting. Motion unanimously approved. Closed session was held in Room B- 117A. There were no votes or decisions made in the closed session.
Motion was made to adjourn for a short lunch break. Motion approved.
Motion was made to reopen the meeting at 1:30 PM in Room B-118. Motion approved.
- Minutes of the December 19, 2019 meeting were approved as submitted. There was a recommendation made to approve the minutes by Commissioner Schwerin, seconded by Commissioner Hassler and unanimously approved by the Board.
- Letters and Communication - None
- Old Business - None
- New Business
- Time and location of next meeting - Chairman Price announced the next meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners will take place on February 19th at 6:30 PM, at the Hazelwood East Early Childhood Center, located at 12555 Partridge Run.
- Contracts - A proposal was made to approve the following contracts with St. Louis County:
Police Service Agreement - City of Moline Acres
Approval of a renewal contract for Communications/CARE services between the City of Moline Acres and St. Louis County. Term of the agreement is February 1, 2020 through December 31, 2025 at an annual charge of $20,294.45.
Police Service Agreement - City of Overland
Approval of a new contract for Communications/CARE services between the City of Overland and St. Louis County. Term of the agreement is March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025 at an annual charge of $133,314.60.
Professional Service Agreement - Training Force USA, LLC
Approval of a new contract for Training Force USA, LLC to provide the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy with an instructor to teach a program entitled "Responding to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Victims of Crime" on April 24, 2020 at a cost not to exceed $3,750.
There was a recommendation made to approve the above contracts by Commissioner Schwerin, seconded by Commissioner Hassler and unanimously approved by the Board.
Professional Service Agreement- Public Grants and Training Initiatives
Approval of a new contract for Public Grants and Training Initiatives to provide the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy with an instructor to teach a program entitled "Narcotics and Street Crimes in a New Era" on March 23, 2020 at a cost not to exceed $3,000.
Professional Service Agreement - Jefferson County Sheriff's Department
Approval of a new contract for the 2016 Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Grant which is administered by the Office of Violence Against Women. The Department recently received a three year extension to this grant and is renewing the grant partnership with ALIVE to provide critical services to victims of domestic violence during the grant period. ALIVE will receive $263,168 in grant funds to pay the salary and benefits of two victim coordinator positions for the grant period, which is October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2022.
There was a recommendation made to approve the above contracts by Commissioner Schwerin, seconded by Commissioner Gaertner and unanimously approved by the Board.
- General Orders
There was a proposal to approve the below listed Department General Orders:
G.O. 20-051, Armed and Dangerous Persons
G.O. 20-057, Prisoner Security and Accountability
There was a recommendation made to approve the above listed general orders by Commissioner Hassler, seconded by Commissioner Schwerin and unanimously approved by the Board.
- County's Executive Order 5, Sections (2) and (3)
There was a recommendation made to approve the above listed order by Commissioner Gaertner, seconded by Commissioner Schwerin and unanimously approved by the Board.
- Chief's Report
- Chief's Commendation
Chief Belmar presented a Chief's Commendation to Sergeant Brian Boedicker, Police Officer Jordan Temperly and Police Officer Jacob Kuechenmeister.
- Lifesaving Award
Chief Belmar presented a Lifesaving Award to Police Officer Grant Steiger.
- Certificate of Promotion
Chief Belmar presented a Certificate of Promotion to Lieutenant Craig Molden.
- Recognition of Service
Chief Belmar presented a Certificate of Service Recognition to Deacon Ray Parker for his time dedicated to the Department as a chaplain.
Motion was made by Co missioner Gaertner and seconded by Commissioner Hassler to adj n the eet g t'o nanimously approved.