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					                 PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING

                          April 9, 1997

The meeting of the Public Safety Committee was called to order at
7:30 p.m. by Chairwoman Georgia Erickson. The following members
were present:

     Dr. Jack Halligan; and Mr. Carl R. Gerlach. Mr. Neil S.
       Sader arrived at 7:40 p.m. and Mr. Byron C. Loudon arrived
        at 7:55 p.m.

     Also present were: Mr. Don Pipes, City Manager; Mr. John
     Douglass, Chief of Police; Mr. Marc Farrar, Assistant City
     Manager; Mr. Mike Santos, Senior Assistant City Attorney;
     Mr. Tim Lynch, Police Captain; Mr. Bruce Veatch, Acting
     Police Captain; Mr. Dennis Meyers, Chief of Operations,
     Fire Department; Mr. Sandy Queen, Manager, Golf Course
     Operations; Mr. Larry Cohen, Police Sergeant; Ms. Tracey
     Reyna, Communications Assistant; Mr. Todd George, Police
     Officer II; Mr. Peter O'Malley, Police Officer I; Mr. Tim
     Stoughton, Animal Control Officer I; Mrs. Jamie McCray,
     Senior Administrative Clerk; and Mrs. Barbara Potts, Senior
     Recording Secretary. There were 16 persons in the audience.


Although the Committee did not have a quorum at 7:30 p.m.,
Chairwoman Georgia Erickson indicated the first item on the
agenda did not require a motion. Therefore, she announced
the meeting would proceed with discussion of the first item.

RECOGNITION OF SPONSORS FOR CRIME PREVENTION VIDEO

Due to a series of sexual assaults which occurred in an Overland
Park subdivision during the summer of 1996, Police Sergeant Larry
Cohen said that considerable discussion had been held regarding
the importance of home security. During the home security
checks, he explained that Police Officer Todd George of the
crime prevention unit offered an innovative idea regarding home
security. Officer George enlisted the help of neighbors in the
area, as well as business owners, to donate their time, money,
equipment, and labor skills to assist Ms. Carla Dodson, one of
the residents in the subdivision, to make her home more secure.
He explained that her home was used as a model for an educational
video to be given to residents.

Officer George believed the City's relatively low crime rate
could be credited to the strong local government, aggressive
law enforcement efforts, and the involvement of citizens who
take pride in their quality of life. As the City grows, however,
it becomes increasingly exposed to crimes of vandalism and theft,
as well as the more serious offenses, such as rape, robbery, and
burglary. To assist in reducing the opportunity for these crimes
to occur, he recommended an educational video be produced. While
showing the video, he explained that it addressed ways to better
secure homes from becoming targets.
In the fall of 1996, Officer George said the neighborhood,
which had been victimized by a series of rapes, combined their
resources to improve the security of Ms. Dodson's home. He
explained that the video of her residence provided suggestions
to make a home less accessible to crime. Some suggestions in
the video emphasized the trimming of bushes around a home to
discourage hiding places, better lighting, and securing doors
and windows with better quality locks.

Office George expressed appreciation to those individuals who
participated in this project. He commented that volunteers
unselfishly offered their time, expertise, and materials to
make this venture a success. As he pointed out, it was a good
example of what could be accomplished when the police and the
community work together to improve the safety and security of
the citizens of Overland Park. He encouraged the residents to
contact the Crime Prevention Unit of the Police Department if
anyone has additional needs or concerns which had not been
addressed.

Police Chief John Douglass recognized the following volunteers
with a certificate and provided each one with a copy of the
crime prevention video: Mr. Miles McDonald, TCI of Overland
Park; Mr. David Dinges, Dinges Construction Company; Mr. Joe
Hennessey; Ms. Carla Dodson; and the individuals who were in
attendance to represent Payless Cashways, Jim's Locksmith,
Cadillac Plastics, and Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church
of Overland Park. He also thanked Police Sergeant Dan Carney
of the Overland Park Police Department and Police Officer Paul
Thurman of the Independence, Missouri, Police Department for
their assistance in making the video.

Mr. Neil Sader and Mr. Byron Loudon arrived during the discussion
of this item.

DISCUSSION CONCERNING SALE OF LIQUOR IN PARKING LOTS

Sr. Assistant City Attorney Mike Santos remarked that for many
years, the State of Kansas had considerable limitations in
regard to the sale of liquor. The original ordinance prohibited
the sale of liquor outside designated premises. According to
Kansas law, when drinking establishments apply for a State and
City license, a portion of the premises is designated to be used
for the sale of liquor. In the City of Overland Park,
establishments are prohibited from selling liquor in the parking
lot, however, the State Alcohol Beverage Control Division will
allow the request to alter the premise description for a special
event. In this case, the applicant has been granted permission
from the State to sell liquor in the parking lot and is currently
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waiting the decision from the City. In addition, according to
State authorization, the business owner is required to meet all
City requirements. Therefore, this would not be permitted
legally unless the City ordinance would be amended.
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As noted by Mr. Santos, the applicant agreed to the amendment of
the City ordinance requirement, which specified that the outside
premises be secured by a fence with security at all gates. He
distributed a copy of the amendment to authorize the sale of
liquor in private parking lots. He added that the licensee
needed to acquire a special event permit from the Governing Body
granting such use.

Mr. Brian Lyman, who is general manager of Rio Bravo Cantina,
11900 Metcalf Avenue, explained his request for a special event
permit is to hold an outdoor Cinco de Mayo Celebration. He
indicated that it would be a one-day event scheduled for Monday,
May 5, 1997, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. He informed the Committee
that Rio Bravo traditionally marks this day with an outdoor
celebration of activities for the entire family. He assured
the Committee that Rio Bravo Cantina has provided safe and
responsible Cinco de Mayo celebrations for the past 12 years.
He offered to provide references from other municipalities
where the celebration has been held in the past. He concluded
that Rio Bravo's primary goal is to provide a fun and safe
celebration.

Police Chief John Douglass requested that the Committee direct
the Law Department to include an application process to give the
Police Department an opportunity to review their plan in advance
regarding the intended location and security. He explained that
his concern was not only in reference to this particular appli-
cation, but for potential applications submitted in the future.
He anticipated that once the opportunity is given, other drinking
establishments will submit applications. He wanted the Police
Department to review these issues prior to future applications.

Dr. Jack Halligan moved to direct the Law Department to draft
and provide to the Governing Body at the City Council meeting of
April 14, 1997, the authority to sell alcoholic liquor in parking
areas at special events. Mr. Carl Gerlach seconded, and the
motion carried by a 5 to 0 vote.

Responding to Mr. Neil Sader's concern regarding the security,
Mr. Santos said he had observed nothing at Rio Bravo that would
require more than the normal security in the outside areas.
His only concern would be in reference to other drinking
establishments which might not have the resources to provide
the appropriate staffing or provide the required fencing, etc.
He assured the Committee that he would request Risk Manager Art
Charlesworth review this issue prior to the April 14, 1997, City
Council meeting.

DISCUSSION CONCERNING MASSAGE THERAPY EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
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Several years ago, when the Council enacted its professional
massage therapy ordinance, Mr. Santos said the ordinance
provided for the grandfathering of the existing massage
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therapists who did not meet the educational requirements.
However, the time deadline is now being enforced. Therefore,
some individuals are present this evening and would like to
discuss the issues surrounding the reason their requirements
have not been met.

Mr. Michael Lathrop, massage therapist, stated that he had not
been able to obtain the certified transcripts needed to show his
hours of education. He explained that the director and the owner
of the school where he studied refused to provide the certified
transcripts of his hours of education.

In reply to Mr. Sader's inquiry whether the missing documents
were the only reason this person was not able to be licensed,
Mr. Santos said he assumed the City Clerk's office is requiring
him to produce verification that his training included the
minimal standards of class hours set forth in the ordinance.

According to Mr. Lathrop, the school that he had attended had
gone bankrupt. Although he has requested the teacher send the
information on numerous occasions, he has not received the
transcripts which show his requirements have been met.

Mr. Santos offered to review his files, so he would be aware of
which documents are required. He explained that Mr. Lathrop has
a grace period, and therefore, he is able to work until the
information is received.

Ms. Kim Gibson, massage therapist, explained that she was also
so grandfathered in, because she did not have the required number
 of hours. According to Mr. Santos, Ms. Gibson met the original
requirement of 70 hours, and thus, has been practicing as a
professional massage therapist and is fully licensed in Missouri.
She is temporarily grandfathered because of a financial hardship
which prevents her from obtaining the additional hours which she
needs.

Mr. Santos did not believe it would be appropriate to grant
individualized extensions of time or to authorize extensions of
time, based upon hardship or other criteria. He suggested that
an amendment of the ordinance be granted to allow for hardship
extensions.

In response to Mr. Santos' question regarding the number of
remaining grandfathered licensees which have not met their
educational requirements, Senior Administrative Clerk Jamie
McCray said approximately six individuals had not met the
requirements.
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Chairwoman Erickson announced that Mr. Santos would return to the
May Public Safety Committee meeting to present the amendments.
As she explained, staff and some of the Committee members would
meet to review the ordinance and discuss changes. If more time
would be necessary, she commented that it could be continued to
the June Public Safety Committee meeting.

INFORMATIONAL ITEM:   HEART OF AMERICAN SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM

Division Fire Chief of Operations Dennis Meyers informed the
Committee of the proposal to develop the Heart of America Search
and Rescue Team, which would serve 44 agencies, 11 counties, and
2 states. He commented that funds will be received from many
different sources. Although it will meet the FEMA standards, it
will be operated and activated as a local team.

Although the Kansas City region has excellent fire service
resources, the population of 1.8 million people covers an 11
county bi-state region which has no unified, multijurisdictional,
or specialized rescue team to mobilize in emergency situations.
Fire Chief Meyers explained that this is a proposal to request
funding assistance to develop the Heart of America Search and
Rescue Team.

The 44 agencies of the Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council
(formerly known as the Metro Fire Chiefs Council) represent the
area jurisdictions in both Missouri and Kansas and have joined
together through a formal resolution to develop an urban search
and rescue team. Although Heart of America Search and Rescue
will be a not-for-profit entity, the Heart of America Metro Fire
Chiefs Council (HAFCC) has pledged support in the form of joint
fund raising efforts and to provide in-kind services in the form
of personnel and/or equipment.

Since February 1996, a five-person Planning Team, representing
HAFCC, has met to develop the Heart of America Search and
Rescue Team (HASRT). The planning team has determined the
needed capabilities, as well as a program management structure.
As explained by Fire Chief Meyers, they developed a staffing
plan, assessed initial equipment and tool needs, and identified
initial and recurring training requirements. He noted that a
budget has been developed, and they are in the process of
building additional funding and political support.

The HASRT allows the existing emergency fire services and the
region to have an invaluable new resource at their disposal.
With the addition of the necessary tools and equipment and the
specialized training and techniques, the team could be deployed
for the rescue of victims and the containment of disaster hazards
around the clock with a minimum of red tape.
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Fire Chief Meyers indicated that it would cost approximately
$1 million to put this team together. The team consists of fire
fighters, a medical team, building engineers, search/rescue dogs,
etc. He informed the Committee that it would cost about $300,000
on a yearly basis.

In reply to Chairwoman Erickson's question regarding the fund
raising, Fire Chief Meyers said they planned to do marketing
and reach as many corporate people as possible. He explained
that he was more involved with the operations of this project.
However, Director of the Fire Department Bill Jahnke is the
chairman of this group and involved with the business portion
of this project, so he would be able to provide the information
pertaining to funding.

AMENDMENT TO ORDINANCE NO. POC-2039 CONCERNING SALE OF LIQUOR AT
GOLF COURSES

Over the past several months, Manager of Golf Course Operations
Sandy Queen said staff has been working with the Golf Course
Advisory Committee, Citizens Advisory Council on Parks and
Recreation, and the Community Development Committee to amend
O.P.M.C. 11.48.160. The ordinance currently allows for the sale
of cereal malt beverage at Overland Park and St. Andrews Golf
Courses.

Staff recommends the ordinance be amended to allow for the sale
of beer and wine at the City's two golf courses. Mr. Queen
explained that all beer and wine sales, liquor liability, and
supervision will be the responsibility of the golf professionals,
who are independent contractors. Both Advisory Committees
supported this amendment and the Community Development Committee
voted unanimously to support the amendment at their April 2,
1997, meeting.

Mr. Loudon moved to recommend to the Council approval of the
amendment to Ordinance No. POC-2039 to read, "provided further,
beer and wine as those terms are defined in O.P.M.C. 11.48.100,
may be sold, served, dispensed or consumed at the Overland Park
Golf Course, 12501 Quivira Road, and the St. Andrews Golf Course,
11099 West 135th Street, Overland Park, Kansas. After a second
by Dr. Halligan, the motion which carried by a 5 to 0 vote.

POLICE DEPARTMENT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

According to Chief Douglass, the Police Department Goals and
Objectives were discussed at last month's Public Safety
Committee meeting, and final approval was delayed to provide
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time for review by the Committee. He presented the Police
Department Goals and Objectives for acceptance.

Chairwoman Erickson asked the Committee whether they had any
concerns. There being none, she referred the item for action.

Mr. Loudon moved to accept the Police Department Goals and
Objectives, as discussed last month. Mr. Sader seconded,
and the motion carried by a vote of 5 to 0.
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DISCUSSION OF ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE ISSUES

Chief Douglass advised that the City Manager had requested the
animal control ordinance be the first of a series of topics to
be discussed within the Committee. He explained that a number of
ordinances and resolutions had been in place for some time, and
therefore, the Committees needed to review the applicability.

Reference was made to the topic of ordering owners to remove
their animals from the City of Overland Park. Chief Douglass
said this had been a point of contention in the last year.
Although it did not happen with any frequency, it causes
considerable difficulty for the animal control officer when
people are requested to remove their animals from the City.

Chief Douglass recalled that, several years ago, an animal had
bitten someone twice, and therefore, the animal was automatically
removed from the City. However, letters from neighbors were
received which indicated the dog was not vicious. In addition,
sometimes, the dog is taken to the family veterinarian, and
he/she says the dog has been examined and a determination made
that the dog is not vicious. At other times, it was believed
that an animal bite did not necessarily indicate that an animal
is vicious. Another determination had also been made that
Pit Bulls are considered to be dangerous animals, regardless of
whether they bite someone. The attitude seems to be an inquiry
of whether the bite was a serious one or if the dog should
actually have to be removed from the City. Although the animal
control supervisor is attempting to follow the established
standards, at times, these mitigating circumstances place staff
in a situation, and the ordinance is difficult to enforce.

Consequently, the purpose for review of this resolution in the
ordinance is to make certain that the desire of the Council is
understood by staff. By changing the animal control ordinance,
Chief Douglass hoped that the first time a dog is outside and
bites someone, but it is not severe, the penalty would be to
keep the dog inside. If the bite is severe or the dog continues
to bite, he agreed that it would provide more reason to remove
the dog from the City. He asked for confirmation from the
Council in regard to their position on this issue.

Mr. Santos believed it should only be considered a criminal act
when a dog bites someone. If a dog is running loose but has
bitten no one, he saw no criminal intent in that. He advised
that the animal control ordinance be researched with the
assistance of the City Clerk's staff and the animal control
division, and return to the next Public Safety Committee meeting
to present any changes.
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Mr. Loudon inquired whether other alternatives would be
available. He also suggested that other cities be researched
in regard to their city's standards. He asked what additional
proposals staff had to offer.
Mr. Santos commented that other cities would not be able to
provide the needed information, because he believed this issue
to be universal across the United States. He said professional
animal control is handled by the Police Department or by the
Environmental Health Department. He believed no alternatives
would be available.

In response to Mr. Sader's question regarding the reason he
opposed the suggestion by Chief Douglass, Mr. Santos said he
was not opposed to it. He was just not convinced that it is
legal to penalize someone because their dog might have bitten
someone. He believed additional criminal penalties would be
available.

Mr. Sader said there is no way to quantify the crime in order to
prove the event occurred. He suggested that a recording could be
obtained in cases when a dog continued to bark and became a
nuisance. Mr. Santos explained that an effort had been made to
get people to use videotape with some unfortunate instances, such
as taping the wrong dog. He also anticipated that later this
year, issues of this type could be handled through mediation
trials as opposed to through the municipal court.

Mr. Santos offered to present some proposed changes on the animal
ordinance at the next Public Safety meeting in May.

BATTLE UNIFORM COMPANY CONTRACT

Approximately 11 years ago, the Police Department initiated a
contract with J. D. Battle Uniform Company which had a clause
that allowed delivery of uniforms in a 120-day period of time.
That was designed, at that point and time, for the entire
shipment. Since then, the Police Department has experienced
difficulties in receiving uniform shipments. Chief Douglass
explained that partial shipments are being received, and often
times, the manufacturer is required to shut down one particular
line of product to produce the City's uniforms. Because of the
specific nature of the uniforms and the arrangements, it is
difficult to find another manufacturer to meet those needs.
Thus, a contract was renegotiated with J. D. Battle Uniform
Company, requiring them to stock enough uniforms on their
premises to supply the Police Department in a timely fashion.
The contract was written by the City's Law Department and is
ready for consideration by the Committee.
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Based on the material specifications, Mr. Santos added that
staff recommended approval of this sole source agreement.

A motion was made by Mr. Sader to approve the contract with
J. D. Battle Uniform Company as the sole source agreement for
reasons as stated by staff. Mr. Gerlach seconded, and the
motion carried by a 5 to 0 vote.


REVIEW OF TOWING REGULATIONS

As explained by Chairwoman Erickson, this item was discussed in
the summer of 1996 with the commitment for review in one year.
Therefore, she announced that a meeting will be held with the
owners of the tow companies this summer. She distributed a form
for those who wished to be notified of a meeting and requested
their phone numbers be included.

Chairwoman Erickson asked whether any specific points needed
to be made at this time. Hearing none, she indicated that the
owners of the tow companies would be notified of the meeting
date.

SOLE SOURCE TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS HEADSET

When considering the purchase of law enforcement equipment,
Captain Tim Lynch said that staff normally requests bids and
quotes to obtain the best price. However, in some cases,
safety and reliability become significant factors in the
acquisition of specific equipment items. As he explained,
the tactical communications headset is used by the Special
Response Team for communications during critical incidents,
such as barricaded individuals, hostage situations, and high
risk warrant service. These are critical incidents where
communications are essential to successfully resolve a situation.
Captain Lynch informed the Committee that some of the newest
technology available in this area is provided by New Eagle
International. After the Response Team field tested five
versions of radio headsets, it was by unanimous consent of
all personnel that New Eagle equipment was the most reliable,
comfortable, versatile, and most durable unit examined. He
added that this equipment is one of the few which is compatible
with the City's existing radio equipment, providing accurate and
reliable two-way radio communication.

Because of the nature of the use of this equipment, staff
requests that the bid process be waived and acquisition of this
communications equipment be approved for purchase from New Eagle
International. A request for funding in the amount    of $17,500
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is recommended for approval to purchase the necessary number of
headsets for the Response Team.

Dr. Halligan moved to approve New Eagle International as the
sole source for the purchase of tactical communications headsets
in the amount of $17,500. After a second by Mr. Gerlach, the
motion carried by a 5 to 0 vote.

INFORMATIONAL ITEM - SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD UPDATE

Captain Lynch said the Public Safety Committee had approved
the proposal for a recognition program of the crossing guards.
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As he explained, the intent was to ensure their presence to
avoid having to use district officers and traffic safety
officers, thus, interrupting their regular patrol duties.

As explained by Captain Lynch, district officers and traffic
safety officers were required to fill in for crossing guards
for a total of approximately 500 hours during the 1995-1996
school year. Therefore, district officers were not available
for calls or service because they were handling crossings, and
translated into dollars, the cost to the City was nearly $40,000.

With the new program of recognition, Captain Lynch said the
attendance of the crossing guards had greatly improved. For
the 1996-1997 school year, which is about two-thirds of the
way completed, officers had only filled in under a few
circumstances, which was equivalent to 106 hours.

As explained by Captain Lynch, the school year is divided into
three time periods. For perfect attendance during those time
periods, the crossing guard receives a $100 bonus. To date,
the City has paid about $3,600 in bonuses, which translates
into $23,000 remaining in savings over the amount spent prior
to the bonus program.

Chairwoman Erickson believed that the bonus money had been well
spent.

Captain Lynch replied that even more important than the dollar
savings is the fact that more than 350 hours of officers' time
has been returned to the street for the safety of the citizens.

Since the City had such a dramatic change and turnaround because
of the incentives, Mr. Loudon suggested an increase from $100 to
$150. He commented that the City spent $3,600, and this would
only be an additional $1,800. The City would still be saving
money. If the officers' time could be reduced by another 50
hours, he believed it would be worth the additional cost.

In response, Mr. Gerlach believed the decision needed to be made
by the Police Department. As he explained, it reaches a level
when it no longer becomes an advantage. It could cost more money
to gain only a few more hours.

Chief Douglass agreed that it would be more productive to first
determine whether the person, who had an attendance problem,
improved his/her attendance during the time period. If it
improved in the next quarter, the City might want to consider an
increase in the amount as an incentive.
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Chairwoman Erickson asked whether staff had a year-end interview
with the crossing guards. She suggested it might be beneficial
to ask the crossing guards for ideas and to determine other
incentives which might appeal to them.

Captain Lynch said staff has a closing session with them. He
agreed that it would be advantageous to ask the crossing guards
for ideas and suggestions. He said it tied into the City's new
plan of involving all personnel in the decision process.

AMENDMENT TO ORDINANCE NO. CF-2040 CONCERNING HAVING A COPY FUND
AT SANDERS AND ANTIOCH RECORDS

Ordinance No. CF-2040 currently authorizes a fund in the amount
of $100 for the purpose of making change when copies of reports
are sold at the Sanders Justice Center. With the reopening of
the Antioch Station, an additional fund for copies is needed at
that location. In order for that to occur, Mr. Santos explained
that it is necessary to modify Overland Park Municipal Code
Section 3.12.032 within Ordinance No. CF-2040. The change would
authorize two change funds, one at the W. Jack Sanders Justice
Center and one at the Antioch Patrol Station with each fund
maintained at a balance of $100.

A motion was made by Mr. Loudon to recommend Council approval for
modification of Overland Park Municipal Code Section 3.12.032
within Ordinance No. CF-2040, as indicated. Mr. Sader seconded,
and the motion carried by a vote of 5 to 0.

REVIEW OF TECHNICAL SERVICES GOALS & OBJECTIVES

Acting Police Captain Bruce Veatch, Technical Services Division
of the Police Department, informed the Committee that his
division incorporates the police communications property control
unit records, tracing, telephone reporting and computer entry,
crime lab, and photo lab. As he explained, it is a big
responsibility in the emergency preparedness area, and the
division is directly responsible for 13 distinct goal areas in
other divisions within the Police Department.

Acting Captain Veatch said the trace program within the Police
Department has become one of the crime tools to make officers
more available on the street. The goal is for 85 percent of
all reports to be written by trace operators in their division,
and currently, they are writing 99.3 percent of all the reports.
  He commented that the hours were calculated, and the time
equation for that allows the division to have three more officers
available for service calls and other activities each month.
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Another area is in the police communications unit. The goal is
to begin zone dispatching in July 1997. Acting Captain Veatch
explained that the number of officers on the street was the
primary motivator to create zone dispatching. Since the City has
split into two zones, the Sanders Patrol Division and the Antioch
Patrol Division, the patrol officers increased from 14 to 28
officers on the street all of the time. Under the former system
 of operation, they had two radio channels with special
functions.
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The radio operator assigned to one of the talk briefs was
responsible for all of the officers who were out of service,
such as on car stops and dispatching, to make certain the
officer's welfare was checked throughout the time duration
that the radios were out of service. The other radio
operator's responsibility was for support of those traffic
stops, calls for service, arrests, record checks on individuals
pending registration information, and transmitting messages to
the officers. With the increase to 28 officers on the street
at one time, it became a major stress factor for one person to
adequately track and maintain the safety of the officers. Also,
  the significant increase in telephone traffic represented a
serious concern for officer safety. Therefore, on February 17,
1997, with the cooperation of the supervisors and personnel in
the communications section, a schedule was made to implement
its own dispatch. He pointed out that the supervisors in the
communications section spend up to 60 percent of their super-
visory time working as radio operators, so that this program
is able to continue forward. The net benefit is that the
communicators' attention is focused on the officers to ensure
their safety.

A third area is property control, and the personnel in this
section handle property from crimes or lost property. The
property room was closed for a number of months during
renovation. When the property section was reopened, a
suggestion was made by the supervisors that the property be
reorganized, which has been done. Acting Captain Veatch said
the system has been totally automated.

In conclusion, Acting Captain Veatch said all of the personnel
in this division have had an opportunity to share in the effect
of their work and in their future. He indicated that it allowed
them to be involved in the City's commitment to problem solving.


In response to Chairwoman Erickson's question as to whether both
facilities have a property room, Acting Captain Veatch said
the investigation division is at the Sanders Patrol Division.
Since there is a need for the property to be used as evidence
during lengthy investigations, such as homicides, rapes, or
serious battery, those items are stored at that facility.
The main property room will be located at the Antioch Patrol
Division.

Dr. Halligan recalled the discussion pertaining to keeping
property beyond the time when an appeal might be involved.
He asked whether that issue was resolved.
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Mr. Santos replied that it is an ongoing process to remove as
much of the property from the property room as possible. He
explained that the appeal period is different for the civil
and criminal side, so it is an ongoing struggle which has not
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been resolved. However, staff sends him a copy of the various
property that they want to eliminate, and the Law Department has
to have it cleared through the prosecutors office.

Chief Douglass added that space is limited. Therefore, it
has helped to have two property rooms. He explained that the
property room at W. Jack Sanders Justice Center is about one-
fourth of the size of the property room at Antioch. As he
explained, the space at this facility was intended to be an
annex, not a full property room. Therefore, the two rooms have
been used in concert for the most efficiency. When staff
reorganized the property room, it increased the amount of
available space by about one-third and provided the capacity.

NONAGENDA INFORMATIONAL ITEMS - Handgun Legislation

Chief Douglass referred to the handgun legislation in regard
to carrying concealed weapons. The item has been passed and
has been forwarded to the governor. He believed the indication
was strong that the governor would veto that particular
legislation, especially if there is support from the National
League of Cities and the public. If it is the Committee's desire
that the City continue to proceed with that, he intended to write
a letter and to participate in the chiefs of police/governor's
news conference which would request that the governor veto that
legislation.

As explained by Chief Douglass, his letter to the governor would
recommend that the bill be vetoed, because the City has taken a
stand against carrying concealed weapons. In the event that it
could not be vetoed, other options exist such as a statewide
referendum or local option.

NONAGENDA INFORMATIONAL ITEM - Operation Teen Angel

A news conference is planned by the City in support of Operation
Teen Angel. Chief Douglass explained that this is an attempt to
prevent alcohol at the high school prom parties. This will be a
county-wide effort, however, the main focus will come from the
City of Overland Park.

According to Chief Douglass, over 30 arrests were made from
Cops in Shops over the last few weeks. He explained that Cops
in Shops are officers who are working undercover as personnel in
liquor stores. When teenagers come in to try to purchase liquor,
the officers can make an arrest immediately, which he believed
made a significant impression on the teenagers.

In addition, the SRO officers will be attending the school
proms and will be checking teenagers as they leave to ensure
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that there will be no drinking and driving. Chief Douglass
said the officers will be conducting intense DUI enforcement.
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Letters will be sent to the motels and hotels, requesting that
rooms not be rented for prom parties. In cooperation with the
school districts, information will be sent to the parents in
regard to allowing their homes to be used for parties where
alcohol is served. If the parents knowingly allow liquor to
be served, a case will be made against them.

Chief Douglass concluded that the City is serious about this
issue, and the Police Department will be very strict, along
with other departments in Johnson County. He believed that
good coverage will be made.

Mr. Loudon referred to an editorial comment shown on television
which focused on this very issue. He explained that it was a
reminder for parents that supervision is essential all of the
time, and prom night is no exception. He believed it was
supportive of this issue and would be very effective.

NONAGENDA ITEM - Bids for Police Vehicles

The third issue relates to the bidding for police vehicles. In
the past, the Police Department had until the end of the summer
to complete the vehicle bids for the year. Currently, staff is
faced with a dilemma because Ford Motor Company, who supplies
most of the police vehicles since Chevrolet downsized their
vehicles, notified the Police Department that they will no longer
accept car bids after May 1.

According to Chief Douglass, this placed the Police Department
in a bind. He explained that staff had prepared specifications
for 29 cars. However, the receipt of 29 cars would be extended
throughout the year, so the Police Department would not have an
abundance of cars in the parking lot waiting to be used. At
this time, in order to get the vehicle bids to the Council, staff
might need to request a special Council meeting, and he wanted to
advise the Committee in advance.

COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR

Items 5 and 12 would be placed on the City Council Consent
Agenda.

OLD BUSINESS

Reference was made by Chairwoman Erickson to the March Public
Safety Committee meeting. She noted that Mr. Darrell Oliver
was recognized for assisting a woman who had been involved in
a car jacking. She presented a citizen's award plaque which
had Mr. Oliver's name inscribed on it and announced that the
plaque would be permanently displayed to honor him for his
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Page 22

contribution to public safety in Overland Park. When subsequent
citizens are recognized for their contribution to promote safety
within the community, their names will be added to the plaque.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

ADJOURNMENT

Chairwoman Erickson adjourned the meeting at 9:40 p.m.   Minutes
transcribed by Barbara Potts.




                                   ____________________________
                                   Georgia Erickson, Chairwoman

				
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