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.
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.
Germain can be reached at Community.LiaisonNYC@gmail.com.
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.