Vernon police chief earns Accredited Command Executive certification

VERNON. Chief Young is now among the 33 percent of police chiefs who earn this certification.

Vernon /
| 04 Aug 2022 | 03:21

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) on August 3 awarded Vernon Township Police Chief Daniel B. Young certification as an “Accredited Command Executive-Chief of Police.”

The certification status lasts for three years. At the end of that period, Chief Young must show that he has maintained the training and leadership standards that helped him earn the initial award of certification.

Chief Young joins a select group. Only 33% of state police chiefs are certified, and only 29% of municipalities have certified command executives, according to the NJSACOP. Chief Young started his law enforcement career in 2000 as part of the patrol division. In 2010, he was promoted to patrol sergeant. In 2011, he was reassigned as the administrative division police sergeant. During that time, he implemented an interactive, computer-aided dispatch system with advanced pinpoint 911 mapping and GPS. In 2014, he continued up the ranks, gaining the status of administrative division lieutenant. In that role, he implemented police vehicle and body-worn camera video recording systems. Then in 2016, Chief Young was promoted to captain, where he assigned and executed training for 50 employees, wrote and implemented policy and procedure, and handled all service and vendor contracts. In February 2019, he was promoted to chief of police.

Chief Young received his Bachelor of Science in business management from William Paterson University in 1998. He received his master’s degree in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University earlier this year. He is also a 2019 graduate of the NJSACOP Foundation for Executive Leadership program, and in 2021 he graduated with the 19th session of the NJSACOP Police Executive Institute. He also received advanced training through NJSACOP in “Contemporary Issues in Police Administration.”

Among his other achievements, Chief Young is the Sergeant at Arms for the northern region of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, and the 2022 president of the Sussex County Chief of Police Association.

The NJSACOP ACE Certification Program is designed to encourage New Jersey’s law enforcement executives to attain “sanctioned benchmarks in pursuit of a recommended standard for police leadership that are measurable and attainable. By offering proof of these standards to NJSACOP assessors, individual police leaders can attain NJSACOP Accredited Chief/Command Executive (ACE) Certification Status.”

NJSACOP ACE Chairman Chief Stephen Beecher stated, “The ACE Certification Program is in keeping with the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, the 21st Century Report and Recommendations on Policing and the state association’s declared philosophy; the Certification Program measures essential proofs in three areas for the ACE and ACE-COP Certification, and in five areas for the ACE-COP Advanced Certification. If it is merited, NJACOP awards individual leadership accredited status based on those appraisals. The ACE Program also promotes and encourages continued education through ACE Re-Certification Program requirements.”

In its announcement, the NJSACOP noted that its goal is to “promote professional competence, continued education and career development among all members of law enforcement and in particularly amongst our leaders.”

As part of that mission, the NJSACOP encourages current, future and retired chiefs and police executives to participate in the ACE Certification Program. The NJSACOP is a professional membership organization serving New Jersey’s law enforcement and private security executives. For more information visit