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.

2021 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 2021.

There were two internal affairs complaints filed during the calendar year 2021, but consisted of four officers total. Of the two complaints, one was filed by a citizen and the other was agency initiated. Both of the complaints have been investigated and closed out. The results of the complaints against the four officers are as follows: two were unfounded, one was sustained, and one was not sustained. There is still one open internal affairs investigation from 2020. This investigation was diverted to the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office for investigation by their agency and resulted in criminal charges of Criminal Sexual Contact and Official Misconduct in May of 2020. Since the date of the charges, the officer has been and remains suspended without pay pending disposition of these charges.