Media Regarding Robert Cowan
In a statement made to the Jersey Journal on October 1, 2013 Mayor Steve Fulop said he appointed Deputy Chief Cowan to be Chief of the Jersey City Police department because he was “on the front lines with the troops.” Mayor Fulop went on to say “Chief Cowan’s leadership has been especially critical during the first three months of our administration, where he has been both an integral part in developing our plan for targeted police sweeps and actively involved in the field operations leading to the arrest of more than 200 individuals, His vision is in line with mine, which is to move Jersey City forward and create one city – a safer city – for all of our residents.”
- During Mayor Steve Fulop’s February 27, 2014, State of the City Address he said this about former Chief Cowan’s stewardship of the Jersey City Police Department:
“This past summer as we took office, seven murders in five weeks resulted in heightened fears and concerns. As an administration and as a city, we were determined to stop the violence. We immediately reassigned officers so more police were on patrol and implemented a series of sweeps, resulting in more than 200 arrests. To address the shootings, we created a Ceasefire Unit to investigate and give priority to non-fatal shootings. This unit has a successful solve rate of 53 percent, more than double the New Jersey average.
In large measure we have succeeded in turning the page on crime, but there is still more to do. Let me be clear, Jersey City is the safest big city in New Jersey.
Through the leadership of our Public Safety Director Jim Shea, Police Chief Robert Cowan, the commitment of community and religious leaders, and the courage of our uniformed men and women, we will continue to build upon the progress we have made”.
June 4, 2014, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop Statement to the Jersey Journal praising former Chief Cowan’s effectiveness in implementing and leading large scale crime initiatives in high crime areas of the city.
“The success of these operations demonstrates the effectiveness of both (Public Safety) Director James Shea and (Police) Chief (Robert) Cowan, as well as the hard work of the men and women of the Police Department,” Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said of the 103 arrests. “We will aggressively continue these operations throughout the summer to enhance public safety and ensure that our neighborhoods remain safe for all of our residents.”
- On June 25, 2014, the Jersey Journal published this third article in a series of eleven in which residents, business owners and elected officials were interviewed regarding the revitalization of Jersey City’s Martin Luther King Drive, what follows is what was said about former Chief Cowan’s leadership of the Jersey City Police Department by an elected official in addition to an area business owner and community leader.
The (policing) strategy is beginning to take hold. Residents and local officials report seeing more cops. State Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham noted a “bigger police presence” and seeing patrol officers on motorcycles.
Pat Sebron, the owner of Hosiery and Things on the Drive near Atlantic Street and a local resident, says the larger police presence is a key to turning around the fortunes of the Drive.
“Public safety is extremely important. That’s the first thing people think about when they are going to go out and spend their dollars,” said Sebron, a noted fan of Police Chief Robert Cowan. “I think his method of policing is very positive for us. We cannot arrest our way out of this, but police presence is a paramount focus.”
- As I sit here on Monday at home in Society Hill, still cold and without power, I was warmed by the selfless acts of giving that I had witnessed being performed by neighbors from within our community. On Sunday, Society Hill residents Jersey City Police Capt. Bob “Bubba” Cowan and his wife Liz Cowan, retired JCPD Officer Bobby Englese, his fiance Evie Reyes, and Pat Albers had all teamed up and put together a wonderful cookout for the residents of Society Hill where over 300 hamburgers and 400 hot dogs were served to neighbors who had suffered seven devastating days with no electricity and plummeting temperatures.
- Bob Cowan Owner of Cowan Investigations is frequently sought after by major New Jersey Media Outlets For his Expert Analysis in a multitude of Police related mattersDavid Bernstein 2/12/2017Changing to a centralized unit was key to raising Jersey City’s clearance rate for non-fatal shootings, from less than 30 percent to more than 40 percent, says Robert Cowan, who created the unit as the department’s deputy chief of police and now runs an investigations firm. Among other advantages, he argues, is that the perceived importance of a specialized unit ensures quick cooperation from patrol officers and crime scene investigators immediately after a shooting—all of which helps catch suspects.Jersey City, however, didn’t stop with a new detective unit. The police department also broke the unit up into shifts—including one from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. “Me being a night-patrol guy for years,” Cowan says, “that’s when I wanted them working so they could go right out.” He believes that, while expensive because of union rules, the change has been an essential part of the city’s success.
In a letter to the editor, former Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan says that Capt. Joseph Ascolese and Lt. Kelly Chesler, recently acquitted in a case about no-show jobs, says they were the “most competent” commanders under his watch.
LETTER: Jersey City Police Chief Kelly’s recent remarks show he’s out of touch John Heinis December 19, 2018. In a letter to the editor, former Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan explains why he believes current Chief Michael Kelly’s remarks regarding new and veteran officers shows he’s out of touch with the department.
In a letter to the editor, former Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan voices his opinion on why the recent controversies uncovered at the local employment and training program show that the city shouldn’t have an appointed board of education.
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“For decades, New Jersey has not disclosed the identities of law enforcement officers who commit serious disciplinary violations,” Grewal said in a statement. “Today, we end the practice of protecting the few to the detriment of the many. Today, we recommit ourselves to building a culture of transparency and accountability in law enforcement.”
Robert Cowan is a retired officer who was once police chief in Jersey City and now runs a private investigation firm. Cowan said Grewal’s move benefits the public by allowing them to discover when officers in their town commit serious infractions and it helps officers, too, because it will allow them to see whether their departments are enforcing rules equally.
“I think there should be more transparency in internal affairs, not less,” he said. “I’ve seen the corruption from the inside from when I was a chief. It was not uncommon for different political interests to attempt to corrupt the process.”
- Was indicted officer shooting at moving car ‘over the top’ or medal-worthy? Here’s what 3 veteran cops say.
Bob Cowan Owner of Cowan Investigations is frequently sought after by major New Jersey Media Outlets For his Expert Analysis in a multitude of Police related matters
In the six weeks since Newark Officer Jovanny Crespo was indicted for shooting two men during a police pursuit, police video of the incident has been viewed over 4.5 million times on YouTube It shows the driver in the Jan. 28 traffic stop flee after another officer spotted a gun between his legs. It also shows Crespo jumping out of a moving police cruiser three times to fire at the moving car, eventually shooting both men and killing the driver, Gregory Griffin.
The New Jersey Star Ledger produced an investigative piece on a controversial on a controversial police police shooting which included analysis of three experts in police procedures, Mr. Cowan was one of those asked, below was his contribution.
Bob Cowan – former Jersey City Police Chief, owner of Cowan Investigations, a private investigations firm
Griffin is responsible for his own fate because of his choice to flee, Cowan said. But he also said some of Crespo’s behavior was questionable. “I personally think Officer Crespo’s actions of jumping in and out of the vehicle firing his weapon at a moving car were way over the top,” Cowan said.
He said the appearance of the dark, tinted windows does raise the question of whether Crespo actually saw a gun. “Officer Crespo may very well have observed a weapon being pointed at him from inside the car, this is something he will have to now explain,” he said.
Cowan said people shouldn’t read too much into the officer’s excited behavior — like laughing as he told his partner to cut the car off as it drove in the opposite direction, as seen in one video.
“People of all lines of work have different ways in handling stress and humor and making light of a situation is one of the ways it is handled,” Cowan said. “People in other professions may joke the same way, the difference is that civilians are not wearing body cameras.”