Public Safety: Police Department

Internal Affairs

The Vernon Township Police Department has a formal procedure for investigating complaints which mirrors the policies established by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. Our policy ensures fairness and due process protection to all parties involved.

We accept and investigate all complaints of alleged officer misconduct or wrongdoing from any citizen. This includes reports from anonymous sources, juveniles and persons under arrest or in custody.

Following a thorough and impartial examination of the available factual information, the officer will either be exonerated or held responsible for the alleged misconduct. Discipline will be administered according to the degree of misconduct.

To initiate a complaint, please download our Internal Affairs Complaint Report form:

This is a fillable form which means that it may be filled out on your computer and saved to your hard drive and/or printed out. To view and complete it, you will need the freely available Adobe Reader software installed on your computer, version 7+.

Once the completed form is saved to your hard drive, you can then use your e-mail account to attach the form to an e-mail and submit it electronically to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address). If you prefer, it can be printed out and submitted via postal mail or delivered in-person to the following address:

Vernon Township Police Department
Internal Affairs
21 Church Street
Vernon, NJ 07462

We treat all complaints equally regardless of whether or not they are filled out anonymously or with a name. However, please keep in mind that we can investigate best when we have all available information and have the ability to contact you with further questions, if needed.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact our Internal Affairs unit at 973.764.6155.

2020 Internal Affairs Summary

As per the Attorney General guidelines, the following paragraph summarizes the internal affairs complaints filed against employees of the Vernon Police Department that were investigated in 2020.

There were twelve total internal affairs complaints filed during the calendar year 2020. Of the twelve complaints, eight were filed by citizens and five were agency initiated. Most of the complaints have been investigated and have been closed out, while three remain open active investigations. Two of the three open investigations are currently being investigated while the third was diverted to the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office for investigation by their agency. Of the nine closed complaints: three resulted in sustained findings, four were exonerated, and two were not sustained. The three open investigations have dispositions pending.

On June 15, 2020, New Jersey Attorney General Grewal issued Directive 2020-5, requiring law enforcement agencies to begin to publish, at least once a year, a brief synopsis of all complaints resulting in major discipline—defined as termination, reduction in rank or grade, and/or suspension of more than five days; including the names of the officers sanctioned. Pursuant to this directive, the Vernon Township Police Department reports that no major disciplinary actions were sanctioned during the reporting time period of June 15, 2020 through December 31, 2020.