Robert Cowan, Owner of Cowan Investigations
Mr. Cowan Established Cowan Investigations, LLC in May of 2016
Mr. Cowan was appointed to the Jersey City Police Department December 17, 1979. Retiring on October 1, 2014 after close to thirty-five years of service
Chief of Police: Bob was the Chief of the 800 officer Jersey City Police Department, the second largest municipal law enforcement agency in the State of New Jersey. During Bob’s tenure crime was reduced by double digits. Bob oversaw all criminal investigations as well as coordinated and assisted investigations involving the FBI, DEA, USMS, HCPO in addition to other local New Jersey Law Enforcement Agencies.
Chief of Patrol Division: Bob was the Chief of the Patrol Division, a position in which he oversaw 550 police officers and supervisors. As Chief of Patrol Bob was responsible for six police facilities and their respective equipment. Bob created the highly successful “Cease Fire Unit” which doubled the solve rate of non-fatal shootings.
Deputy Chief: As Deputy Chief in command of the Department in the absence of the Chief of Police, Bob reported directly to the Chief of Police as well as supervising and directing all criminal investigations.
Captain: As Captain in the City Command Unit assisted and reported directly to the Deputy Chief in Command, Bob was responsible for assuming Command of the Department in the absence of the Deputy Chief
Lieutenant: As a lieutenant, Bob was the overall commander in charge of up to two Police Districts on the night tour in the absence of the District Commanders.
Executive Officer: As a lieutenant Bob had also been assigned as Executive Officer (Second in Command) of the East District, supervising scheduling, coordinating with and assisting Detective Commanders in their investigations, attending community meetings with both residents and businesses while receiving and addressing their concerns.
Sergeant: As a Sergeant, Bob was assigned to various shifts in various police districts as the first line supervisor of patrol officers. Bob was responsible for responding to and making decisions in regard to serious crime calls, Domestic Violence, Child Endangerment, DYFS Matters, Child Custody Disputes as well as any other matters as directed by Command Personnel.
Police Officer: Bob was appointed to Jersey City Police Department in 1979, after completion of the Police Academy Bob was assigned to the patrol division. As a “radio car” cop Bob responded to all types of radio calls including serious crime calls, Domestic Violence, Child Endangerment, DYFS Matters, Child Custody Disputes as well as any other matters as directed by my supervisor. For a significant period of time I worked plainclothes working street level narcotics and robbery investigations.Read More
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Bob Cowan Owner Of Cowan Investigations is the former Chief of the Jersey City Police Department with close to thirty-five years experience in New Jersey’s second largest municipality. Bob moved up through the supervisory ranks of the department through a competitive process prior to having been appointed Chief of Police. During his career Bob was never interested in getting the standard 9:00 to 5:00 Monday thru Friday administrative desk job; throughout his career Bob worked in the streets during nights, weekends and holidays. More often then not, if Bob was not the first officer at the scene of crimes or major incidents he was called to the scene in order to make clear and informed decisions in all kinds of incidents while gathering all available information. Bob was the primary and final decision maker in a myriad of incidents such as: domestic violence, child abuse, child endangerment, child custody in addition to overseeing investigations of shootings, aggravated assaults, robberies and narcotics complaints as well as putting in place surveillance to combat and prevent these crimes. Former Chief Cowan is prepared to put his wealth of experience to work for you if you take the first step and contact him for your free consultation.
During Bob’s tenure as Chief crime rates were reduced by double-digit percentages in six of the seven major categories of the Uniform Crime Reporting system, including a 25% reduction in non-fatal shootings. He decentralized four of the seven Street Crime Units into the four patrol districts, which elevated the production and accountability of supervisors and the officers assigned to those units. While Bob was the Chief he implemented a new sick policy which consisted of aggressive employee monitoring including the use of the Internal Affairs Unit to conduct surveillances of employees suspected of abuse; employee sick time was drastically reduced.
As Chief of Police Bob was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department, which consisted of eight hundred plus sworn personnel while he also assisted in the management of over one hundred civilian employees. The departments Internal Affairs Unit worked directly under former Chief Cowan and reported directly to his office; the Internal Affairs Unit processed and investigated all major disciplinary and administrative complaints lodged against personnel and was responsible for the forwarding of complaints that were of a criminal nature to the County Prosecutor’s Office. In addition, the Special Investigations Unit worked directly out of the Chief’s Office, this unit being responsible for the most sensitive of investigations as well as the providing of executive protection for the Jersey City Mayor. Several members of this Special Investigations Unit were assigned to outside agencies, such as; The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, The Drug Enforcement Agency, United States Marshal Service and the Hudson County Prosecutors Office. Former Chief Cowan coordinated with and assisted in investigations with the following outside agencies: United States Attorney’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Drug Enforcement Agency, United States Marshall Service and the Hudson County Prosecutors Office.
Additionally, as the Chief of Police Bob was often required to utilize his public speaking skills while addressing residential and business community groups as well as attending and making oral presentations at City Council Caucus Meetings.
As Chief of Police, he was tasked with Policy and Procedural Development, Crisis Management, Operational Improvement, Community Event Coordination, Crime Trend Analysis as well as Staffing, Training and Resource Allocation. During Bob’s tenure as leader of the Jersey City Police Department he was responsible for guiding the department in successfully policing multiple complex and high profile operations such as:
- Planning, coordinating and implementing the policing of the
New Jersey Attorney General’s Fugitive Safe Surrender Program where over 4,000 persons were processed on outstanding warrants.
- Planning, coordinating and implementing security related to Super Bowl XLVIII, where the Jersey City Police Department was responsible for the safety of Jersey City residents, fans and the security and movements of both participating teams which were staying at separate hotels in Jersey City over an eight day period.
- Planning, coordinating and implementing the police security for the annual all day Liberty State Park Fourth of July Festivities, which were expected to draw crowds of up to 150,000 persons.
- Planning, coordinating and implementing the traffic mitigation plan in response to the two year closure of the North Bound Pulaski Skyway, due to the potentiality of Jersey City being used as a detour for up to 40,000 vehicles a day.
Deputy Chief of Police – Chief of Patrol
- Exercised line command over 550 + sworn and civilian personnel encompassing Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants, Police Officers and Civilians.
- Supervised the operation of the day-to- day functions of the four Patrol Districts, Emergency Services Unit and Special Patrol Bureau.
- Oversaw the investigation and scheduling of personnel complaints, equipment procurement and deployment.
- Initiated the creation and development of the Jersey City Police Department’s “Cease Fire Unit”, this unit was an elite group of detectives and a supervisor whose sole function was to investigate all non-fatal shootings, the solve-rate for non-fatal shootings doubled from 23% to 45%
Captain/Deputy Chief, City Command
- In the absence of the Chief, Bob was responsible for command of all on duty personnel both sworn and civilian on the evening and midnight tours often totaling in excess of one hundred, i.e. Patrol Personnel assigned to the four Districts, Emergency Services, Detectives, Street Crime Units, Crime Scene Personnel as well as the Central Communications Room.
- Responsible to interact with outside agencies as well as External Jersey City Agencies in order to coordinate and obtain after business hours services.
- Responsible to coordinate and direct the investigations of all on duty detectives and their supervisors whom reported directly to him.
Responsible to ensure all emergencies whether large scale or otherwise were responded to with the resources needed both internal and external while ensuring appropriate notifications were made to the Chief of Police.
Lieutenant, Patrol Division
- Executive Officer and second in command of the East Patrol District. Duties included personnel scheduling, investigation and resolution of minor personnel complaints from the public, implementation and coordination of special district police operations in addition to the overseeing of the Off Duty Detail Program. Bob was also frequently assigned the function of attending and speaking at district community meetings and creating a police response to address community concerns.
- Night Tour Commander in the West District the second busiest patrol district in the State of New Jersey. In this position Bob supervised fifteen to thirty sworn personnel compromised of sergeants and uniform police officers as well as coordinating with and assisting detective commanders at crime scenes. During this period he was responsible for the efficient and proper functioning of the patrol district during his tour of duty, reporting directly to the Deputy Chief/Captain in command of the city.Sergeant, Patrol Division:
- As Patrol Sergeant Bob worked on the night shift in the various busy police districts in Jersey City in where he was responsible for the direct supervision of district patrol officers.Police Officer, Patrol Division:
Upon graduating from the Police Academy in 1980, Bob was assigned to radio car patrol on the night tour in Jersey City’s busy South and North District’.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Honorable Mention: “Highest Level Award Within Department”– Jersey City Policy Dept 2013
- Supervisory Acknowledgement: “Recognized for outstanding leadership in the performance of one’s duties– Jersey City Policy , Hostage Incident (2007 Deputy Chief O’Donell Ret.)
- World Trade Center Award: “First Responder”– Jersey City Policy Dept – Sept 11, 2011
- Honorable Mention**: “Highest Level Award Within Department”– Jersey City Policy Dept 2008*
- Honorable Legion Award: “Outstanding Police Officer”– New Jersey Honor Legion 1998
- Proclamation Acknowledgement: “Excellent Police Service”– Wall Township 1998
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