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The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners met on February 19, 2020, at 6PM, at Hazelwood Early Childhood Center, 12555 Partridge Run Drive. In attendance were Commissioners Price, Schwerin, Gaertner, Hassler, Punch and Chief Belmar.

 

  1. Open Discussions

 

  1. Commissioner Price stated the meeting tonight was the first Board of Police Commissioners meeting that has been held at an off-site location.

 

  1. Commissioner Price stated the board has not made a decision on the applicant process for the new Chief of Police.

 

  1. Minutes of the January 14, 2020 and February 12, 2020 meetings were approved as submitted. There was a recommendation made to approve the minutes  by Commissioner Schwerin, seconded by Commissioner Gaertner and unanimously approved by the Board.

 

  1. Letters and Communication - None

 

  1. Old Business - None

 

  1. New Business

 

  1. Contracts - A proposal was made to approve the following contracts with St. Louis County:

 

Police Service Agreement - City of Bellefontaine Neighbors

Approval of renewal contract for Communications and Computer-Assisted Report Entry (CARE) between the City of Bellefontaine Neighbors and St. Louis County. Term of the agreement is February 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025 at an annual charge of $77,203.

 

Police Service Agreement - City of Chesterfield

Approval of renewal contract for Communications and Computer-Assisted Report Entry (CARE) between the City of Chesterfield and St. Louis County. Term of the agreement is March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2025 at an annual charge of

$195,096.

 

Police Service Agreement - City of Eureka

Approval of renewal contract for Communications and Computer-Assisted Report Entry (CARE) between the City of Eureka and St. Louis County. Term of the agreement is March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025 at an annual charge of

$54,084.

 

Police Service Agreement - City of Velda City

Approval of renewal contract for Communications and Computer-Assisted Report Entry (CARE) between the City of Velda City and St. Louis County. Term of the agreement is February 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025 at an annual charge of

$19,539.

 

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- City of Clayton

Approval of contract for the assignment of one (1) police officer (John Hansen) to the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy (CMPA). The City of Clayton will be reimbursed by St. Louis County in the amount of the employee's salary throughout the contract term, including payment for direct benefits and overhead. Term of the agreement is January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 at a cost not to exceed $128,000.

 

Professional Service Agreement - Legal & Liability Risk Management

New contract for Legal & Liability Risk Management to provide the  St.  Louis  County and Municipal Police Academy with an instructor to teach a  program  entitled "Criminal Investigations for New Detectives and New Criminal Investigators" on April 20-24, 2020 at a cost not to exceed $7,500.

 

Professional Service Agreement- Public Grants and Training Initiatives

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 "Courtroom Success: Preparing for Today's Homicide and High Profile Cases" on May 12, 2020 at a cost not to exceed $3,000.

 

There was a recommendation made to approve the above contracts by Commissioner Schwerin, seconded by Commissioner Gaertner and unanimously approved by the Board.

 

C. General Orders

There was a proposal to approve the below listed Department General Orders:

 

G.O. 20-022, Department Organization

G.O. 20-034, Field Reporting System

G.O. 20-107, National Incident-Based Reporting System

 

There was a recommendation made to approve general orders 20-022, 20-034 and 20-107 by Commissioner Hassler, seconded by Commissioner Schwerin and unanimously approved by the Board. General Order 20-020 was held for further review.

 

  1. Public Forum

 

A "listening session" was available to those who wish to address the Board and answer the question, " What are the two or three most important attributes the Board should consider in their selection of the next Chief of Police?"

 

Terry Wilson, City of Jennings Councilman and Jennings School Board, suggested the chief have integrity, be community orientated and be ready to lead on day

one.

 

Mark Behlmann, President of Hazelwood School Board, suggested the new chief build trust, talk to all of the community, be diverse, have people skills, remain sincere and deal with current issues involving the youth.

 

Kent Swanson suggested the new chief should be promoted within the department, have a good rapport with the County Council and select a Chief that will stand their

 

ground.

 

Beverly Dow, Partridge Run subdivision, suggested the new chief should be proactive, deal with the little issues, possess a bachelor's degree or higher, have twenty year's experience or more and be a graduate of the National FBI academy.

 

Greg Porter suggested the new chief should have year's of diverse experience, be promoted within the department and understand the counties current issues.

 

John Bowman, President of NAACP St. Louis. County, suggested the new chief should be transparent and for the board to make a public release on what they are looking for like St. Louis City Police did in their last chief process.

 

Reverend Phil Duvall suggested the Board review the Ferguson Report and the COPS Report. He said the new chief should improve relationships with municipalities, build trust and legitimacy, review policies, remain involved with community policing, reduce crime, continue training and education, lastly make officer wellness a priority.

 

Kathleen Mason suggested the new chief should be sensitive to all of the community and get to know the North County area.

 

Rochelle Gray, Councilwoman District 4, thanked the board for holding the meeting within the community. She suggested the new chief should make community policing a priority, require sensitivity training for officers, have diverse personnel, change the racial climate within the department and reduce gun violence.

 

Shanette Hall, St. Louis County Police Officer, relayed her experiences as an Officer with the department. She suggested the new chief should focus on diversity,

inclusion, be diverse in thought, put people before corporations and speak up for staff that are not in rank.

 

Paul Warden, thanked the police for what they do. He stated North County isn't safe and the community looks forward to working with Captain Cunningham and Sergeant Molden. He suggested the next chief should not accept the status quo and put more officers on the street.

 

Zaki Baruti suggested the new chief needs to service the people. He requested the Board review Millicent Williams' complaint and selected a civilian review board to review Internal Affair cases.

 

Reverend McGhee suggested the new chief should be a righteous person.

 

Elton Hooper Jr., resident on Waterways, suggested the new chief should be concerned about the youth, remain strong with community policing, responsible, be able to discipline them-self and be fair.

 

Julia Schlegel, Richmond Heights resident, spoke regarding an incident that occurred with Clayton PD.

 

Millicent Williams informed the board about the complaint she filed last year and requested the board be more sympathetic to situations like hers.

 

Youoehle Towsend suggested the next chief should be transparent and trustworthy. She filed a complaint in 2011 with Chief Fitch and did not get results. She stated change

 

is needed and the department should work together, not apart.

 

Michelle Sonnier suggested the board not stray and stay within the department. She thinks many officers don't know the law and should work together to fix the problem.

 

Selvin Dorsey advised the board he has the police called on him consistently reference a trailer parked in front of his house, He requested the board not respond to these types of calls.

 

Corey Blackwell, Cool Valley Alderman, suggested the new chief should require sensitivity training, deal with minors and don't overlook qualified applicants.

 

La Streek stated the department is corrupt, the officers abuse their power and harass individuals.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Punch and seconded by Commissioner Gaertner to close the meeting. Motion unanimously approved. There were no votes or decisions made in the closed session.

 

Motion was made to reopen the meeting. Motion approved.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Gaertner and seconded by Commissioner Hassler to adjourn the meeting. Mo ion unanimously approved.

 

 

 

 
 

 

issioner Michelle Vice-Chairman

 

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