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    New Jersey Private Investigator, Hire Local


    Work With A New Jersey Private Investigator You Can Trust, Contact Former Jersey City Police Chief Bob Cowan for a free 30 minute consultation.

    Many people seeking a Licensed New Jersey Private Investigator simply initiate a Google Search. Immediately the computer screen is inundated with links to National Big Name Private Detective Firms. During your review of the information contained within these websites, the National Private Detective Agencies will sell their service to you by representing they have hundreds of Private Investigators spread throughout the United States. I don’t doubt that fact, but how well can these Private Detective Firms actually service you? Do you really believe that these national investigation companies have a real rapport with hundreds of Private Investigators spread out over fifty states? How well do you think these large out of state companies know the geography of New Jersey let alone the applicable laws both criminal and civil? These nationally based Private Detective Firms intake large amounts of work through highly efficient, attractive and effective advertising packaging. Upon obtaining a client in New Jersey these national companies outsource the assignment to a New Jersey Private Investigator and retain up to 40% of all fees as their “management” fee for handling the case and its outsourcing.

    It is a fact when you hire an out of state National Private Detective Agency you might only talk to the initial representative of the firm you have retained. You will be told by this employee the reason for this is that you will have the firms expertise in managing the case during the course of the investigation. However, the real purpose is to insulate you as their client. This is not a good thing for your case for a number of reasons:

    1) your case manager will likely be managing your case from an out of state location far removed from New Jersey,

    2) In most instances a client needs to be interviewed by a person on the ground in New Jersey who is actually managing the case as well as participating in its investigation,

    3) by retaining an out of state firm you are placing an additional layer of communication between you the client and the New Jersey Private Investigator who are actually working your case,

    4) since the out of state agency will take a management fee of up to 60% this will result in the New Jersey Private Investigator cutting corners thereby effecting the quality of the product in order for the acceptance of the out sourced contract to make financial sense.

    What follows is a scenario of what an Out of State Investigation subcontract to a New Jersey Private Investigator might look like:

    dreamstime_xxl_59191893 1. A client with investigative needs in New Jersey contacts a national private investigator firm.  The representative at National Private Investigator Firm will advise the client of the price of the service and the fact that the National Private Investigator Firm will manage the case. You will only communicate with the National Private Investigator Firm.

    2. the National Private Investigator Firm will outsource the investigation to a New Jersey Private Investigator and will retain up to 60% of the investigation fee as case management costs. The busiest and most competent New Jersey Private Investigator Firms will not accept an assignment at the rate being offered by the NC.

    3. the New Jersey Private Investigator Agency accepting the case will often have difficulty locating a private investigator to work for the lower rates they will need to offer their employees in order to account for the management fees being paid to the National Private Investigator Firm.

    4. upon commencement of the investigation communication of necessary information between the New Jersey Private Investigator on the ground doing the actual work and the client become dramatically slow. Due to the additional layer of communication required because of the middleman (National Private Investigator Firm) it becomes difficult to obtain useful real time information that the client may possess during an active investigation because this information must now be filtered through the National Private Investigator Firm.

    Bob Cowan the former Chief of the Jersey City Police Department is quite familiar with all areas of New Jersey. Bob grew up and lived in Hudson County most of his life in addition to residing in Monmouth County and Ocean County where he currently resides. By retaining Cowan Investigations for the Private Investigator Services you require, you can ensure confidential and professional handling of your case from a life long resident of New Jersey. Bob will manage and be personally involved in the ground operation required for your case, and of course he will keep you updated of the status and/or progress of the investigation.



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    Bob Cowan is the owner of the New Jersey based Cowan Investigations. Bob is the former Chief of the Jersey City Police department, Mr. Cowan is seen addressing an audience as Jersey City Mayor Fulop and the City Council look on

    Whatever you do, don’t fall into the trap of retaining a National Private Investigator Agency for your Private Investigation Needs, even if you should decide that Cowan Investigations does not meet your needs, we strongly recommend you go local, there are many first rate private investigation firms right here in New Jersey. See our attached links below for Cowan Investigations divorce related services


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    Cowan Investigations Icon Cowan Investigations

    2360 Lakewood Road suite 3 unit 236, Toms River

    5.0 33 reviews

    • 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!!
    • Avatar Tommy Musselman ★★★★★ 3 months ago
      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.
      If you need ANY investigative
      … More work done trust Cowan. This was my 1st time dealing with an investigative service and I was best pleased!! 5 stars all the way! A special thank you to Liz. You're a dear and I will always remember your warmth, sympathy and professionalism. Always.
    • Avatar Anthony S ★★★★★ 7 months ago
      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.
      A leader within the industry with
      … More over 34+ years in law enforcement as well as a proven track record of accomplishments in the field. If I needed a private investigator, Cowan Investigations would be my first choice, hands down.
    • Avatar Rae ★★★★★ 11 months ago
      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.
      … 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.
    • A Google User ★★★★★ 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.
      … 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.
      Thanks again Liz, Bob and Joe, you’re the best
    • Avatar Fidel Hernandez ★★★★★ a year ago
      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.
      From the time he took my case, he kept in constant contact with me. All throughout, he explained things in way that I could understand. He was reassuring, professional and the best guy for the job!
      I am in the unenviable position of knowing what I am saying. It can and is, at times, overwhelming when you have to hire a private investigator. This usually arises from a traumatic experience and the reason why you should surround yourself with someone who knows what this experience fells like.
      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.
      And yes, I would be remiss if I didn't thank his wife Liz. She took my initial phone call and she knew I needed his help. She was warm and kind. Just what you need when you are faced with these situations...Thank you, Liz.
    • Avatar Susie K ★★★★★ a year ago
      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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    Hector Vargas
    Hector Vargas
    7 hours ago
    amazing job being done for the community.
    Bill Schaff
    Bill Schaff
    10 hours ago
    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!
    Justin Delaney
    Justin Delaney
    March 18, 2018 ·
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    Fidel H.
    Fidel H.
    2019-11-28 07:20:51
    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...