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.

2017 Internal Affairs Summary

As per the Attorney General guidelines, the following paragraph summarizes the internal affairs complaints filed against sworn police officers that were investigated in 2017.

There were twelve total internal affairs complaints filed during the calendar year 2017. Of the twelve complaints, eight were filed by citizens, three were agency initiated, and one was filed anonymously. All of the complaints have been fully investigated and closed out. Of the twelve complaints, five resulted in sustained findings, four were exonerated, one was not sustained, and two were unfounded. None of the complaints were criminal, therefore, there was no court involvement.