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    Employee Misconduct


    Work with an investigator you can trust, contact former Jersey City Police Chief Bob Cowan for a free 30 minute consultation.

    Your employees often know your business as well as you do, with that knowledge comes an insight into your vulnerabilities; dishonest employees will know how to take advantage of you and your business despite the safeguards you put into place. In more recent times an employer not only needs to be concerned about theft of it’s physical assets but often an even more valuable loss to an organization
    is the theft of time which has recently become more prevalent in both the public and private sector.


    People often view public misconduct by elected officials and public employees as being victimless, not that this conduct is condoned by the public, but the attitude is usually that this is the status quo in government and has been prevalent for such a long time and nothing can be done about it. Most public officials and employees are honest and hard working but there are some who look upon a government position as being a license to do things for their own interest rather than for the benefit of the people they serve.

    If you are a business owner or a contractor that has been improperly obstructed from doing work for a public entity or by what you perceive as improper actions by public officials either elected or appointed contact Cowan Investigations for a consultation. On the other hand, if you are a municipality or other government entity and you suspect your employees are violating the public trust, Cowan Investigations is available to conduct covert investigations and operations in order to confirm or dispel your suspicions. Here are examples of potential abuses of public trust that have recently been widely reported in the media:

    contractorfraud **In March and August of 2016, an NBC News ITEAM Investigation revealed
    potential abuses by the Paterson Public Works Department, it was alleged that workers on the clock were doing private work for an elected official while being paid overtime. According to the report this particular case was investigated for a year and the information contained in the ITEAM Report was obtained through the investigative and surveillance efforts of a New Jersey Licensed Private Investigator. As per the ITEAM report this entire episode is being investigated by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office

    **In March of 2015, a Jersey City Councilman was arrested for Driving Under the Influence in the early morning hours after allegedly blowing through a red light in a publicly owned vehicle causing a collision where serious bodily injury resulted. The vehicle which the Councilman had been driving was fitted with police emergency lights that the he had allegedly been utilizing at the time of the accident; after a subsequent investigation the Councilman was also charged with assault by auto. In an ensuing investigation which had been triggered by the initial accident it had also been determined the Jersey City Councilman was working at a “no show” public job at the Hudson County Improvement Authority.

    The two examples cited above result in a huge cost to taxpayers. In the case of the allegations regarding Paterson, taxpayers are responsible for huge overtime costs while their public employees allegedly perform private work for people while on the public dime. While in the case of the Jersey City Councilman, taxpayers not only pay for him to drive a public vehicle but are now liable for the injuries sustained by those he hurt while he was improperly using a public vehicle equipped with police emergency lights. In addition, the public is also on the hook for paying the Jersey City Councilman for a public job that he allegedly did not show up to.

    At Cowan Investigations we will uncover the evidence you need to reveal this type of egregious misconduct on the part of public employees, either at the behest of private citizens or the public entities themselves.


    One of the most severe types of employee misconduct is theft. An employee stealing money from a cash register is obviously theft, but it’s not the only kind. Other examples of theft include:

    • employeemisconduct4 Doing work on a side-business while on the clock
    • Clocking in to work while not actually at work
    • Using a company vehicle for personal errands
    • Taking intellectual property like computer codes
    • Padding an expense report with extra charges

    Any time an employee removes something from the company that they shouldn’t, it’s a form of theft. As an example, some businesses will allow an employee to take home supplies in order to perform off site work for the company, but obviously it would not be proper to use these same items for your personal use.

    Misconduct can also occur outside the office after hours. Those who use or sell drugs, drink or fight in public or leak confidential information are engaging in gross misconduct. This type of misconduct can especially be damaging to you or your company if the offender is an executive or holds a prominent position in the organization.

    If you think a professional inquiry would be helpful in protecting your company do not hesitate to contact Cowan Investigations to discuss your options.

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    • Avatar Megan Parker ★★★★★ a month ago
      I approached Cowan Investigations from out of state with a delicate situation that needed to be handled in NJ and Liz made me feel at ease and in good hands immediately! Both Liz and Bob reviewed my case and got back to be the same day … More with a great price and additional suggestions to make sure I was satisfied with the planning they had come up with. It was important to me for all parties involved in my case to feel comfortable and Liz and Bob definitely fit the bill! They took the time to gather all the information needed and completely exceeded my expectations. I originally chose to call Cowan Investigations because of the professional website and Bob's credentials, but it was the personal care and service that cemented their agency for me. Thanks again Liz!!
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      I didn't personally have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Cowan but Liz was so incredibly efficient and professional!! Within hrs she had already gotten answers to a question that has tormented me for a long time.
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      Best of the Best!
      Worked with Bob during his tenure as the former Chief of the Jersey City Police Department. All I can say is that you will be getting what you pay for with this results driven company.
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      I would highly recommend Cowan Investigations. From the time you speak to Liz on the phone until the time Bob is finished with the investigation you will always know what is going on, what is taking place, and what they found. You will … More be provided with detailed information and surveillance. Bob is very well trained in this field and will provide you with outstanding work. Both Bob and Liz are very compassionate and caring people and make you feel comfortable through the whole process. At the end of the investigation you’ll know that you have hired the right people for the job.
    • Avatar Jay White ★★★★★ 9 months ago
      As a retired Deputy Police Chief with the Jersey City Police Department I had the privilege of working with Bob Cowan for over 25 years.
      Bob is an honest and ethical professional who shows empathy towards people in unfortunate situations.
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      Bob’s objective analysis and evaluation of an issue enables him to address the true problem at hand.
      His strong analytical abilities coupled with thorough research and attention to detail make him an ideal private investigator.
      I know his clients will receive a comprehensive detailed report that will stand up in any hearing or court of law.
      Bob is a high caliber dedicated professional who will give it his all to address the issues at hand and achieve results.
    • A Google User ★★★★★ 10 months ago
      As a retired Deputy Police Chief with the Jersey City Police Department I had the privilege of working with Bob Cowan for over 25 years.
      Bob is an honest and ethical professional who shows empathy towards people in unfortunate situations.
      … More
      Bob’s objective analysis and evaluation of an issue enables him to address the true problem at hand.
      His strong analytical abilities coupled with thorough research and attention to detail make him an ideal private investigator.
      I know his clients will receive a comprehensive detailed report that will stand up in any hearing or court of law.
      Bob is a high caliber dedicated professional who will give it his all to address the issues at hand and achieve results.
    • Avatar Sarah V ★★★★★ a year ago
      I have been married for over 25 years, 2 years ago things just started not feeling right, I started having suspicions that my husband was cheating. I felt trapped, I was embarrassed to talk about it with anyone. I put up with feeling … More this way for two years.
      I began researching private investigators because I was fed up with being lied to and deceived, talked to like I was crazy. I called a few investigators but I did not feel comfortable, I felt like I was talking to used car salesmen. Just before I was going to give up I called Cowan Investigations. From the minute I began speaking to Liz Cowan I began to feel comfortable, she was very genuine, caring and knowledgeable on how to proceed. Liz set up a call with Bob who I immediately could tell was very experienced and knew how to proceed.
      Over a 4 day period Bob and Joe uncovered the evidence I needed to confront the lies and other deceptions I was subjected to, which let me make the decisions I needed to make for myself. Above all I was able to regain my self respect by getting the proof I needed.
      From time Liz answered the phone until Bob and Joe finished the investigation, I was overwhelmed by the professionalism and caring they displayed towards me and the investigation.
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      If there was a way to give this Gentleman ten stars, I would. Don't be mistaken by the use of the word "gentleman" he is a hound and he zeros in on the minutia of the investigation. He is a real detective with a extensive … More background in law enforcement.
      I thought that I had a really good understanding of my case and then I hired Bob Cowan. He exposed so many things that were hidden in plain sight that it blew my mind and consequently gave me much needed peace of mind.
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      I trust Bob Cowan and hope he continues to help others, like he helped me. I am grateful to have been referred to him! Thank you, Sir.
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      I recently had the need to use a private investigator. After looking at several options, I decided to call Cowan Investigations. The decision to call them turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. I really like the fact that … More Mr. Cowan has a law enforcement background and is a former Chief of Police for Jersey City. After my first conversation with Liz Cowan I knew I had called the right people. She made me feel very comfortable when I answered all the questions she needed to get the facts regarding a very complicated situation. Liz is very thorough, caring, and very professional and usually available when I had questions. Liz and Bob make you, their priority. I NEVER had to worry if Mr. Cowan would be working on my case at the time I was promised. He was always at the location, on time, very descrete and went way above and beyond my expectations. I was informed of the progress on a daily basis and over a period of 4-5 days, had enough evidence to prove my case. The reports are very professionally written with dates and time stamped. It says a lot when my lawyer called Bob Cowan and complimented him on the great report he gave to my lawyer, to take to court. I feel the evidence gathered by Cowan Investigations and presented to the judge, by my lawyer, made a huge difference in the judge's decision. I met Mr. Cowan and shook his hand after I won the case. I highly recommend Cowan Investigations and will definitely use them again if needed. Thank you for all your hard work, you are the best!

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    amazing job being done for the community.
    Bill Schaff
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    We cannot thank Bob and Liz enough for helping us with a matter that was probably outside the realm of their normal practice. They were instrumental in assisting us in reaching out to an unscrupulous used car salesman. The individual wouldn't return our calls and obviously, did not wish to be found.Due to their tireless efforts and many phone calls, we were finally put in touch with him. With their help, the situation was fully resolved! They handled the situation with the utmost care and professionalism. We strongly recommend Cowan Investigations as they are very good at what they do!
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    On this thanksgiving day, I can say that I am very grateful for the peace of mind this detailed investigator gave me. Not only did he provide me with the...