Community Engagement


Community Engagement and Collaboration

On March 15, 2018, the Independent Monitor will host an event to discuss the findings of the Third Quarterly Report. The event will be held at the Willing Heart Community Care Center, located at 555 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  To review the Third Quarterly Report, click here.

The overarching aim of the Consent Decree is that “police services delivered to the people of Newark fully comply with the Constitution and laws of the United States, promote public and officer safety, and increase public confidence in the NPD and its officers.”  In achieving this goal, Newark community members will play a vital role in how the Consent Decree is implemented, and will have a venue through which to voice their experiences, concerns, and ideas.  To this end, the Independent Monitor will be communicating with the public and receiving public input on the Consent Decree’s implementation in many ways.  First, the Independent Monitor will establish a monitoring website, with a link that the public can use to write to me about their experiences with the NPD.  Second, the Independent Monitor will hold quarterly meetings with community members.  Third, the Independent Monitor will issue quarterly/reports that will be accessible here.

A main priority of the Consent Decree is for the NPD to revitalize its community policing efforts to forge strong relationships with community members and encourage an open dialogue between the NPD and the communities it saves.   As part of that effort, the NPD will establish a civilian oversight entity, whose duties and responsibilities will conform to those set forth in the Consent Decree.  The NPD will also assign two officers to each precinct in Newark to identify and address the priorities of communities in the area.  The NPD will also revise its overall staffing allocation and personnel deployment and will work with the DOJ and the Independent Monitor to modify any deployment strategies that are incompatible with effective community policing.  In addition, the Independent Monitor will conduct a baseline survey to assess Newark community members’ experiences with, and perceptions of, the NPD and public safety.

Your concerns and your voices are important to us and to this process.  We invite your feedback.  We hope you will come and participate in the quarterly meetings, I look forward to the conversations.

Community Events

The first Meet the Monitor event was held on August 10, 2016 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Rutgers University, 123 Washington Street, Room 070, Newark, NJ

The second Meet the Monitor event was held on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at St. John’s Community Baptist Church, 1066 Bergen St., Newark, New Jersey 07112.

The third Meet the Monitor event was held on June 19, 2017 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at St. Stephan’s Church, 7 Wilson Avenue, Newark, NJ 07105.  There, the Independent Monitor presented the First Quarterly Report.  To review the First Quarterly Report, click here.

The fourth Meet the Monitor event was held on November 20, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Jehovah-Jireh Praise & Worship Church Center.  There, the Independent Monitor presented the Second Quarterly Report.  To review the Second Quarterly Report, click here.

The Independent Monitor, in collaboration with Monitoring Team Members from The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and other Newark community-based organizations, hosted the following community events in March and April for residents to participate in the 2017 Community Survey :

  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 12 pm – 2 pm at Training, Recreation and Education Center, located at 55 Ludlow Street Newark, NJ 07114.
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 12 pm – 2 pm at Bethany Baptist Church, located at 275 W Market Street Newark, NJ 07103
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 12 pm – 2 pm at West Side Park Community Center, located at South 13th Street and 18th Avenue Newark, NJ 07103
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 3 pm – 5 pm at Ironbound Community Corporation, located at 29 Cortland Street Newark, NJ 07105
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 3 pm – 5 pm at La Casa de Don Pedro, located at 23 Broadway Newark, NJ 07104

On behalf of the Independent Monitor, Monitoring Team Members from The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice hosted a community forum at La Casa de Don Pedro, located at 23 Broadway Newark, NJ 07104 on March 28, 2017 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm to discuss the Monitoring Team’s First-Year Monitoring Plan.

The Independent Monitor also participated in a discussion at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center titled Moving New Jersey’s Communities Forward: A Critical Conversation about Race and Policing on September 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

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 6:00pm – 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

The Independent Monitor and the Monitoring Team will continue to engage with the Newark community.  Please check back for upcoming events.