Meet Our Team

Private Investigations From Experienced Professionals

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Professional Private Investigations

Over 35 years of Law Enforcement experience

Cowan Investigations is comprised of an exceptional team of seasoned private investigators. Our professionals bring decades of law enforcement and investigative experience to the table. With diverse backgrounds and specializations, our assembly of private investigators can assist with any case. Whether you require discreet surveillance, computer forensics, or litigation support, you. can rely on Cowan Investigations to recover the information and evidence you need.

The Cowan Investigations Private Detective Team

Robert (Bob) Cowan

Robert Cowan

Owner of Cowan Investigations

Former Jersey City Police Chief Bob Cowan owns Cowan Investigations. Bob rose through the police department’s ranks to become the Chief of Police after 35 years of service. Bob oversaw the Special Investigations Unit, which investigated sensitive cases and protected Jersey City’s mayor. He also worked with outside authorities on important investigations.


Joseph Ascolese

Regional Operations Manager

After serving over 27 years with Jersey City Police, Joseph Ascolese became the Special Operations Division Captain. He managed the Central Communications Bureau and criminal investigations departments. Joseph safeguarded several residential properties as an interstate security service site manager after retiring from the police force.


Thomas Cowan

Chief Operating Officer

Thomas Cowan became Jersey City Police Deputy Chief after 30 years. Thomas was trained in administrative, operational, tactical, and investigative aspects throughout his career. As a Bureau of Criminal Identification supervisor, he managed crime scenes and documented evidence. As Cowan Investigations’ COO, Thomas is a dynamic and competent asset.


Michael Mancuso

Director of Forensic Investigations and Polygraphs

Michael Mancuso is a 25-year New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office criminal investigator. Senior Investigator in the Major Crimes department, Michael handled multiple homicide investigations and crime scene analysis over his long law enforcement career. His expertise supports Cowan Investigations’ polygraph and digital forensics.

A Private Investigator Is
Available to Assist You

Our investigative team offers a wide variety of services to assist in your search for the truth. We personalize each investigation, catering to your needs and concerns.

Veterens in the Private Investigation Industry

We get the job done

Cowan Investigations was established with the goal of finding the truth, and for more than 35 years, it has been a mainstay in the private investigation industry. Our staff is comprised of seasoned investigators, intelligence operatives, and former law enforcement personnel to guarantee the utmost secrecy and professionalism for our clients. In even the most complicated circumstances, we pledge to provide clarity and comfort.

We Strive for The Truth

Our values run strong in our team

Integrity, confidentiality, and a commitment to professional excellence are the pillars around which Cowan Investigations is built. We place a high priority on maintaining open lines of contact with our customers, making it a point to keep them updated at all times throughout the inquiry. We guarantee accurate, trustworthy, and speedy results by adhering to rigorous ethical standards and using the latest technologies and processes.

Confidentiality Assured

Privacy is high priority

At Cowan Investigations, we are aware of the delicate nature of both private and business-related concerns. Your information and the particulars of your case will always be treated with the utmost discretion according to the stringent confidentiality measures that we have in place. Our staff is trained to act covertly, ensuring that the investigative process is inconspicuous and private from the very beginning all the way to its conclusion.

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