Community Engagement

Community Events

Community input is a vital component of any police reform effort. The Community Liaison organizes community meetings and listening sessions where community members can share with the Monitor team their perspectives and experiences with NYPD stop-and-frisk and trespass enforcement.

Community Liaison

On December 16, 2022, the Court appointed Germain Thompson to serve in the newly-created role of independent Community Liaison. The Community Liaison’s full-time focus is to engage the community by offering the public, particularly members most impacted by stop, question, and frisk policing and trespass enforcement, more opportunities to be heard and to provide input into the reform process. To accomplish this, Germain will organize community meetings and listening sessions, conduct surveys, and use other methods to receive and communicate these perspectives to the Monitor.

See the Community Liaison team’s bios here.

Germain can be reached at

Community Partners

Various organizations in the City work to facilitate accountability and community involvement in policing and public safety decisions, including:

New York City Joint Remedial Process

Getting input on NYPD stop-and-frisk and trespass enforcement reforms from directly impacted community members. Judge Analisa Torres (S.D.N.Y.) appointed retired Justice Ariel E. Belen to guide the creation of the Joint Remedial Process (“JRP”) described in the Remedies Opinion in Floyd v. City of New York, 959 F. Supp. 2d 668 (SDNY 2013). The JRP involved 40 focus groups that included 323 participants from various community organizations. After the JRP was complete, Justice Belen submitted his report to Judge Torres, outlining his recommendations.

Germain Thompson

Germain Thompson was appointed by Judge Analisa Torres (S.D.N.Y.) as the Community Liaison on December 16, 2022. He is the founder of Take It To The Court Foundation (TITTCF). TITTC is a non-profit organization designed to bring awareness to the violence that takes place in black and brown communities. In 2014, Germain began organizing basketball tournaments for youth and young adults nationally. These tournaments helped bring the community together, bring awareness to the violence in the community he serves, and provide resources and outlets for those facing these challenges. 

Germain obtained his paralegal certification at Pace University of NYC in 2016. He has an extensive background working in the community as a community organizer for the Legal Aid Society for approximately nine years. During his time with the Legal Aid Society, he built relationships within the community, working alongside city council constituents and creating connections with many different organizations that work together to help community members.