Welcome. This is the website of the Independent Monitor of the Newark Department of Public Safety’s Police Division (“NPD”). As you browse through this site, you will be introduced to my team and learn how the monitorship came about, the Independent Monitor’s role, the reforms required by the Consent Decree, the progress that has been made in reaching those goals, and what is left to be done.
On April 24, 2017, the Independent Monitor and the Independent Monitoring Team released its First Quarterly Report. It can be accessed HERE.
On June 27, 2017, the Independent Monitor hosted a community forum at NAN Newark Tech World, located at 400 Hawthorne Ave., Newark, NJ 07112 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. The purpose of the forum was for NPD to present its draft Use of Force and Bias-Free Policing Policies to the community for review and comment. To review the revised draft policies, click here.
What is the Consent Decree?
The Consent Decree is a document that outlines the reforms the NPD must make to address the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) findings. It can be accessed HERE.
Why is there an Independent Monitor?
The Independent Monitor is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Consent Decree that was negotiated by the City of Newark, the NPD, and the DOJ (“the Parties”).
Who is the Independent Monitor?
On May 5, 2016, Peter Harvey was appointed by the Court as the Independent Monitor. Mr. Harvey served as Attorney General for the State of New Jersey during the time that the New Jersey State Police (“NJSP”) was under a federal consent decree between the State of New Jersey and the DOJ. In this role, he assisted the NJSP in achieving full compliance with all components of the Consent Decree.
Click here to learn more about the role of the Independent Monitor.