Monitoring Team


The Independent Monitoring Team

Peter C. Harvey will head the Independent Monitoring Team, backed by the full support and resources of Patterson Belknap, one of New York City’s premier law firms.  A carefully selected team of our firm’s highly qualified attorneys, who are capable of handling the most complicated assignments, will be assisting the Independent Monitor.  Our attorneys and paralegals speak a variety of languages, are proficient in numerous database tools and have expertise in statistical analysis.

Also supporting Mr. Harvey will be a team of Independent Subject Matter Experts (“Monitoring Team”) consisting of community advocates, former law enforcement professionals and leading academics with expertise in community engagement, civilian review, data analysis and information management, statistical analysis, policy review, training, compliance and internal affairs, and individuals from the law enforcement community with prior experience handling and implementing Consent Decrees.  The Monitoring Team has prior experience overseeing Consent Decrees involving structural changes to law enforcement agencies.  The diverse backgrounds of our team members and our deep, longstanding connections to Newark make the Monitoring Team uniquely well-suited to address the challenges presented in bringing the NPD the support and guidance to achieve substantial compliance with the Consent Decree.

Members of the Monitoring Team have a deep understanding of Newark and New Jersey, and we are committed to becoming an agent of change for the NPD.  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 U.S. Department of Justice.  In this role, he assisted the NJSP in achieving full compliance with all components of the Consent Decree.  This included the elimination of the NJSP’s practice of selective enforcement, commonly reported to as “Racial Profiling.” Similar to the Newark Monitorship, the NJSP work called for the implementation and oversight of organic change in a strong police force.

The team of experts I have assembled has unparalleled experience and commitment to civil rights, constitutional policing, the Newark Police Department and the Newark community.

The Core Monitoring Team

Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

The School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark was founded in 1974 by an act of the New Jersey Legislature.  Its purpose is to (1) produce scholarship of the highest quality on crime and justice, (2) provide state and local justice agencies with crucial evidence and consultation about the policy and practice of criminal justice, and (3) produce graduates who take their places as productive and respected scholars in the field.

Students and faculty are driven by a passionate concern about problems of crime, public security, and social justice.  They are diverse in their backgrounds and training.  They offer a wide array of rigorous analytical methods and sharply honed theoretical perspectives to tackle important problems that affect peoples’ lives.  The School of Criminal Justice is a leader on innovative techniques to address serious criminal justice issues.

Professor Rod K. Brunson – Professor and Dean of the School of Criminal Justice.  Dr. Brunson specializes in communities and violent crime, police-community relations, and qualitative research methods, among other topics.  He has pioneered methods for identifying the particular features of law enforcement interactions and activities that drive community attitudes across neighborhoods, gender and racial groups.  Dr. Brunson’s research also examines youth experiences in neighborhood contexts, with a specific focus on the interactions of race, class and gender, and their relationship to criminal justice practices.  Dr. Brunson has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles, book chapters and essays.

Dr. Todd Clear – Todd Clear is a former Provost at Rutgers University-Newark and former Dean of the School of Criminal Justice.  Dr. Clear has authored 13 books and over 100 articles and book chapters on topics that include community justice, correctional classifications, and community-based correctional methods.  He has served as president of The American Society of Criminology, The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and The Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Dr. Clear will focus on developing appropriate survey methodology, and evaluating the data obtained from the Newark community.


Rutgers Police Institute

The Police Institute at Rutgers University was founded in 2001 by then director, Rutgers Professor George Kelling.  The Police Institute’s mission is the integration of research and best practices into police operations, problem solving, community policing and participation, and the development of criminal justice policy and practices.  The Police Institute works in collaboration with community and law enforcement partners.  It serves as a neutral convener of criminal justice and community partners, assists agencies and communities to analyze and solve problems, provides technical assistance to criminal justice and community agencies, and provides educational services to criminal justice and community agencies through its various collaborations including, to the Newark Violence Reduction Initiative in partnership with John Jay College, and the National Network for Safe Communities, Fugitive Safe Surrender, and the Pathways to Productive Citizenship.            

Tom O’Reilly – Executive Director.  Mr. O’Reilly is a noted thought leader in the areas of law enforcement, criminal justice, and homeland security.  He has extensive experience in the law enforcement field, including as Director of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (“NSI”), Senior Policy Advisor to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (“BJA”) in the U.S. Department of Justice, and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Transition Officer to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety (Office of the Attorney General).  As director of NSI, Mr. O’Reilly led a team of representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Directorate of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, and state, local and tribunal agencies in the implementation of the reporting system in all fusion centers nationwide.  As senior policy advisor for the BJA, Mr. O’Reilly contributed to a wide range of justice information-sharing initiatives including, fusion center programs, intelligence training, justice systems information sharing and the National Information Exchange Model Program Manager’s Office Outreach Program.  Prior to his position at BJA, he was the Administrator of the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety (the “DL&PS”), a department of 9,600 employees and a budget of approximately $1 billion.  The DL&PS housed and managed the state police, emergency management, fusion center operations, criminal justice system coordination, criminal and civil legal services and juvenile justice.  Previously, Mr. O’Reilly served as the Assistant Director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Chief of Police Programs for the State Law Enforcement Planning Agency, and planning officer for the Police Division of Trenton, New Jersey.

Linda Tartaglia – Director, Rutgers University Police Institute.  Ms. Tartaglia oversees its day-to-day operations, including project development and management.  Ms. Tartaglia has extensive experience in a wide variety of law enforcement projects in the DL&PS, and in national and federal law enforcement initiatives in Washington D.C.

Wayne Fisher – Senior Policy Advisor, Rutgers University Police Institute.  Mr. Fisher is a consultant on various law enforcement issues, Adjunct Faculty at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, former Deputy Director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, DL&PS, and former Police Officer and Detective in the Newark Police department.  Dr. Fisher was Chair of the Police Training Commission in the State of New Jersey, which set policies for all New Jersey police departments on a wide range of issues.  He is an expert in several law enforcement topics, and has experience in advising the Newark Police Department on policy, procedure, internal affairs, and other issues.

Strategic Policy Partnership, LLC

Strategic Policy Partnership, LLC (“SPP”) comprises public safety and public policy experts who assist public and private organizations to improve results from their investment in services and strengthen their relationships with key federal, state and local partners and their communities.  SPP’s staff includes former senior law enforcement executives and experts.  SPP provides a wide range of services, including management analysis of organizational effectiveness, development of strategies aimed at achieving enhanced organizational effectiveness, and development of strategies for community outreach and partnership.


Robert Wasserman – Chairman and Principal, Strategic Policy Partnership, LLC.  Mr. Wasserman is an internationally recognized expert in law enforcement affairs and community relations.  He previously served as a Senior Advisor on International Law Enforcement for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the U. S. Department of State, served as Chief of Staff of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and was sent to Bosnia following the war, as both Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Acting Commissioner of the United Nations International Police Task Force.  He has had an extensive career in law enforcement, having served as a senior executive in several large American police agencies, including Dayton, OH, Boston, MA and Houston, TX.  During his career, he has been the initiator or at the forefront of a number of seminal policing initiatives, including 311 and differential police response, police performance management (CompStat), neighborhood-oriented policing, the Kansas City Patrol Experiments, Dayton Team Policing, the San Diego Beat Profiling initiative, the Boston Community Disorders strategy and the Police Recruit Training Year.

Robert Haas – Senior Consulting Associate, Strategic Policy Partnership, LLC.  Mr. Haas is the retired Police Commissioner of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He previously served as the Secretary of Public Safety for Massachusetts and Governor Mitt Romney’s Homeland Security Advisor.  Commissioner Haas previously served as the Massachusetts Undersecretary of Law Enforcement and Homeland Security, Chief of Police of the Westwood, Massachusetts Police Department, and in the Morris Township, New Jersey Police Department, departing as a Lieutenant.  He is currently a Senior Fellow to the CNA Corporation, a Senior Fellow at the Police Foundation, Washington DC, on the IACP Committee on Homeland Security, and has provided his experience to a number of other public safety organizations.

Robert (“Bob”) Stewart – Senior Consulting Associate, Strategic Policy Partnership, LLC.  Mr. Stewart is the former Chief of Police of the Ormond Beach, Florida Police Department, former Executive Director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (“NOBLE”), and an instructor for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Penn State University Justice and Safety Institute.  Mr. Stewart has monitored the stipulated agreement involving the Hobbs, New Mexico Police Department, is currently serving on the monitoring team of the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department, and has served as a police practices expert on a number of other matters.  He has also served as an instructor and facilitator to many initiatives, and consulted for several major police departments.  Mr. Stewart began his career in the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington D.C., departing as a Captain after 22 years of service, and becoming a Major in the Tallahassee Police Department.  He has also served as Interim Director of the Camden, New Jersey Police Department, Director of Training for the Louisville Metro Police Department, and Interim Director of Public Safety for Rutgers University-Newark.

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is a Newark-based urban research and advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of New Jersey’s urban areas and residents.  Established in 1999, the Institute provides a dynamic and independent voice for change necessary to create just, vibrant, and inclusive urban communities throughout New Jersey.

The Institute focuses on expanding access to economic opportunity for low-income and minority residents of Newark and other urban areas in the state.  It advocates for local, regional and state government that is effective, equitable, and accountable to the concerns of urban residents and their communities, and that ensures the civil rights and other equal opportunities of minorities and low-income individuals in New Jersey.

The Institute advances this non-partisan agenda through policy-related research and analysis, development and implementation of model programs, advocacy efforts (including litigation when appropriate) and sustained public education.


Ryan Haygood, Esq. – President and CEO of New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (“Institute”). Mr. Haygood is one of the nation’s leading civil rights lawyers. As President and CEO of the Institute, Mr. Haygood works to empower communities of color across New Jersey by ensuring an open and inclusive democratic process, access to economic mobility, and a fair criminal justice system. For more than a decade, Mr. Haygood has been engaged in social justice advocacy on a national level, previously serving as the Deputy Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). At LDF, Mr. Haygood litigated some of the most important civil rights cases of our time, including twice defending the constitutionality of a core provision of the federal Voting Rights Act before the United States Supreme Court.

A resident of Newark, New Jersey, Mr. Haygood is deeply invested in his community, and works closely with other leaders to ensure that government agencies, including law enforcement, are responsive to their needs. He speaks and writes regularly on issues concerning race, law, civil rights, and democracy.

Individual Core Team Members

Kevin Bethel – recently retired Deputy Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, the fourth largest police department in the United States with 6,600 sworn personnel.  Deputy Commissioner Bethel was in charge of Patrol Operations and oversaw 21 patrol districts, neighborhood services and community relations units.  Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commissioner, he served as Commanding Officer of the 17th Police District.  His assignments included positions with the Patrol Bureau, Special Investigative Bureau, Narcotics Strike Force, Narcotics Field Unit and the Internal Affairs Division.

Gerard LaSalle, Ph.D. – former Chief State Investigator in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office (Department of Law and Public Safety).  Dr. LaSalle served as the compliance coordinator between the New Jersey State Police and the court-appointed Independent Monitoring Team as the NJSP sought to comply with the requirements of the Consent Decree.  He is currently a law enforcement expert for the independent monitoring team implementing reforms to the Police Department of Puerto Rico.  Dr. LaSalle’s expertise includes police misconduct and discipline.  Dr. LaSalle focuses on complaint intake, tracking, and misconduct investigations, training, and early intervention systems.  In connection with the Police of Puerto Rico, Dr. LaSalle is currently reviewing and assisting in policy formulation, and meeting with community stakeholders, government officials, the Police of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Departments of Justice, and the current Governor of Puerto Rico.

Dr. LaSalle has devoted almost his entire career to investigating allegations of criminal and administrative misconduct against law enforcement personnel and private contractors conducting business with them.  Dr. LaSalle began his four-decade law enforcement career as a Special Agent for the United States Department of Justice, initially with the Immigration & Naturalization Service and their Office of Professional Responsibility.  He retired as Special Agent in the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General.  Dr. LaSalle later became the Chief State Investigator for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office of State Police Affairs.

Natashia Tidwell, Esq. – is the first female Lieutenant in the history of the Cambridge (MA) Police Department.  Upon leaving the police department, Ms. Tidwell served as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts.  Before entering private practice, Ms. Tidwell was an Associate Professor of Law at New England Law | Boston where she taught courses in Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Crime and Policing in Urban Communities.  Ms. Tidwell currently serves as Counsel in the law firm of Collora LLP, and is a member of the City of Boston’s citizen oversight entity, the Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel.  As an Ombudsman, Ms. Tidwell reviews internal affairs investigations for fairness and thoroughness and makes periodic recommendations to the police department for improvements in policy, training, and other areas.

Julio Thompson, Esq. – Assistant Attorney General and Director of Civil Rights Unit, State of Vermont.  AAG Thompson is an expert on use of force, force reporting, internal affairs investigations, early intervention and officer discipline, among other things.  Mr. Thompson has spent over two decades in the areas of police monitoring and accountability.  His previous experience includes police oversight and auditing for Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department consent decree, Seattle Police Department consent decree, as well as several other agencies and jurisdictions.