Bob Cowan, an Authentic New Jersey Private Investigator
Bob Cowan of Cowan Investigations, the owner of the New Jersey Private Investigator Agency was born and bred in New Jersey, living here his entire life. Be aware of those Private Detective Agencies from New York, Arizona, Texas and Florida claiming to be New Jersey Private Detectives, they are not. Those that claim to be New Jersey Private Investigators promise to “CONNECT YOU” with a New Jersey Private Detective. If you want a “REAL NEW JERSEY PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR, reached out for Cowan Investigations at 732-837-8444. Cowan Investigations is an authentic New Jersey Private Detective Firm https://cowaninvestigations.com/about-us/ . The posting of a photograph of New Jersey Street Sign on your website, does not make you a New Jersey Private Detective.
Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Firm provides services in the following areas:
New Jersey Cheating Spouse Investigations
New Jersey Cohabitation Investigations
New Jersey Child Custody Investigations
Private Investigator Concealed Cameras
New Jersey Cheating Spouse Investigations
Nothing is more devastating then believing you are in a committed relationship then finding out your partner is cheating. The gut instinct a victim of infidelity experiences has been described to our New Jersey Private Investigators as unbearable. From the first time you call our office and speak to our New Jersey Private Investigator “Liz C”, you will be treated with respect and empathy. Our New Jersey Private Detectives intaking your call practice the art of active listening in order to assist in guiding your decisions. Our New Jersey Private Investigator intaking your call will help you in evaluating if the “signs of a cheating spouse” exist in your relationship https://cowaninvestigations.com/signs-of-a-cheating-partner/ .
At Cowan Investigations our New Jersey Private Investigator Firm
is upfront and honest with clients. Our private detective intaking a cheating spouse call will advise clients that in most instances infidelity will not result in a better property settlement. During the entire process, from intaking your call, to completing your cheating spouse investigation, you will be treated with dignity, respect and understanding.
FAQS On Hiring a New Jersey Private Investigator for a Cheating Spouse Investigation
From the point of intaking your call, to completing the Infidelity Investigation, our private investigators will treat your information with the utmost confidentiality. The main objective our New Jersey Private Investigators have when conducting a cheating spouse investigation is to find out the truth. The best scenario all around would be that our New Jersey Private Detectives determine your partner is being faithful. However, in most Cheating Spouse Investigations, our private investigators often find evidence of infidelity.
The bulk of the Cheating Spouse Investigations our private investigators conduct is done by the implementation of a several step process.
- A thorough intake and interview process conducted by a private investigator in order to determine as much information as possible about schedules, habits, automobiles etc. Often times the victim of a cheating spouse will provide our New Jersey Private Detective with the name of a person they suspect is involved in the infidelity. Being armed with the identity of a possible love interest assists the private investigator in streamlining the Infidelity Investigation, thus reducing costs
- After a thorough interview is conducted by our New Jersey Private Investigator, you will be asked to provide all relevant information for preparation of the investigation. Our private detective will ask you to provide photos of the cheating spouse and the person he/she may be cheating with (If known). Photographs and information related to vehicles involved, locations involved are other example of what our New Jersey Private Investigators would ask for. The more accurate information our private detectives can amass the more streamlined the Infidelity Investigation will be.
- Our New Jersey Private Investigator will then discuss a Cheating Spouse Investigative plan, with the client in preparation of the Infidelity Investigation. Involving the Client in the investigative plan can be very helpful, because who better than the Client can provide private detectives with investigative leads? Our Private Detective Agency always recommends at least two private detectives be involved when the plan involves moving surveillance such as vehicle or foot https://cowaninvestigations.com/surveillance/
- At the time the New Jersey Private Investigators are in the field you may be called if the private detectives need additional information. For the safety of all, real time information as to where the subject of the Cheating Spouse Investigation is located and/or who the subject is with will not be relayed to the Client. A verbal report will be supplied by the New Jersey Private Investigator at the end of that day’s field investigation.
- At the completion of the New Jersey Cheating Spouse Investigation the private detective will process the investigative video. The processing of the video by the private investigator includes adding time and date stamp and editing the appropriate footage into a single video. Aside from the video, the private detective will also send investigative photographs to the Client.
- After the video is completed the New Jersey Private Detective will extract pertinent investigation photographs to be supplied to the client along with the video. If the client requests, a written report will also be provided by the New Jersey Private Investigators whom had conducted the cheating spouse investigation.
- After the Cheating spouse investigation concludes it can be arranged for you to personally speak to the New Jersey Private Investigator that had conducted the infidelity investigation.
Certain Days Our New Jersey Private Investigators Believe Cheaters are More Likely to Cheat
Our New Jersey Private Detectives always alert victims of a cheating spouse that they should be watchful on certain days of the year when a cheater might step out. These particular days are especially important when the cheater is involved in a long-term cheating relationship, such as
a) Being together on one another’s birthday, or the day before or after, maybe meet for a drink or dinner together.
B) Your cheating spouse making up excuses, such as working late, stopping at the gym, a friend has an emergency etc.
C) A very dangerous period for infidelity in a relationship can occur on a business trip. The cheating can go on in a variety of ways. If it is a person from work, the infidelity would essentially be built in to the business trip. Your cheating spouse could take someone with him/her on the business trip, with a little bit of discretion the cheater’s co-workers wouldn’t even be aware of the infidelity going on. And, there is endless possibilities that a cheating spouse could end up with anything from a prostitute to an anonymous internet sexual encounter. The biggest problem with the latter is a very real potential that the cheating spouse bring home a sexually transmitted disease. https://cowaninvestigations.com/spot-deception-cheating-spouse/
D) A cheating spouse may try to get together with their lovers on certain days surrounding big holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July Weekend and Labor Day Weekend
Bob Cowan, New Jersey Private Investigator Discusses Infidelity and the family
The Cowan Investigations Private Detective Agency believes one of most devastating conduct inside a marriage is a sexual love affair outside the relationship. Just as damaging to the marriage, is when one party has a deeply emotional relationship with another, this is so because it will often be a run-up to a full fledge sexual relationship.
The effect an act of infidelity will have on the lives of not only on a husband or wife but the family as a whole can be devastating. The impact a cheating spouse may have on the entire family is very destructive. If you really love your family, think very hard before cheating on your partner with the resultant chance of causing such pain to people you are supposed to love.
Cowan Investigations Owner Bob Cowan’s internal experience on the Jersey City, New Jersey Police Department is just a microcosm of what is going on in society as a whole. As a former Jersey City Police Chief, and now as the owner of a New Jersey Private Investigator Firm, Mr. Cowan sees the same trends. In many instances, infidelity in a relationship has seemed to be a common thread to domestic violence between a couple. In many cases of New Jersey Domestic Violence at least one of the partners in a relationship may believe the other spouse is cheating.
Mr. Cowan as Owner of the New Jersey Private Detective Agency opines that what many otherwise clear-thinking folks fail to realize is that infidelity occurring in a committed relationship has the potential to cause physical assaults. Mr. Cowan relates having experienced the results of this explosive violence on many victims of domestic violence, including homicides he investigated while on the police department.
People who are involved on either side of an infidelity relationship inherently could be affected to the point of violence by the emotions caused by said infidelity. The feelings that potentially might explode from an otherwise clear thinking, calm and rational person who finds out his or her spouse has cheated is a very real and ominous threat. https://cowaninvestigations.com/cheating-spouse-investigations/
New Jersey Private Investigator Planning for a Successful Cheating Spouse Investigation
As briefly touched on earlier, the planning of the New Jersey Private Detective in conjunction with the Client’s participation is critical to a successful Cheating Spouse Investigation. Thorough preparation begins, with the private investigator meticulously gathering as many facts as possible from the Client during a comprehensive interview. Information such as the Subject friends, job environment, behaviors, hobbies and the places the Subject likes to go. When a New Jersey Private Investigator is able to obtained this detailed information, it allows for a more defined Infidelity Investigation. For example, it cannot be stressed enough as to how important a simple fact that a subject is a smoker can be to an investigation, see below; re;
Case Example (Infidelity):
During a Pre-investigation interview our New Jersey Private Investigators were able to learn the Subject of an Infidelity Investigation was a pack a day smoker. Our private detectives had little else to go on except the fact that the cheating spouse would leave work every Thursday at 5:00PM and not return home until 11:00 PM. New Jersey Private Investigator R Cowan and another private detective set up surveillance at the Subject’s work place at 4:30PM on a Thursday night https://cowaninvestigations.com/surveillance/ . At 5:00 PM sharp the private investigators observed the Subject leave work and walk directly to his car. The Subject was alone and departed in his vehicle.
Both of the Private Investigators conducted an approximately fifteen-mile mobile surveillance of the subject which went through three towns. The Subject’s Vehicle was followed into a residential neighborhood. The private detectives maintained the mobile surveillance through several residential streets until the Subject pulled his vehicle on the corner next to a bar. The location of the bar was in the middle of a residential neighborhood, a little out of place, but not a totally unusual observation for the two veteran New Jersey Private Detectives.
The two private investigators set up a stationary surveillance outside of the neighborhood tavern. Surveillance was set up as the two Private Detectives did not want to enter the tavern on the heels of the Subject. After about ten minutes, it was decided that Private Investigator R Cowan would enter the bar to take a look. The intent on the entry into the bar was for the private detective to sit down and have a beverage. However, when the New Jersey Private Investigator entered the bar there was only approximately ten patrons inside, a mixture of men and women. The private investigator immediately had the impression his presence drew the attention of all the customers in the bar, as it appeared the private detective was an outsider. Because of this suspicion as to his presence, the private investigator’s plans changed and the detective ordered packaged goods as it appeared sitting in the bar would not be an option. However, as the private investigator awaited his purchase, he stood directly next to the Subject who was sitting directly next to a woman of approximately the same age as he.
After having made the purchase the New Jersey Private Investigator returned to his vehicle surveillance location. As expected, shortly afterward the Subject came out in front of the tavern to smoke, accompanying the Subject was the woman that had been sitting next to him. Both private investigators looked on as the both parties appeared to be “touchy feely” as they smoked their cigarettes. After finishing their cigarettes, the couple embraced and participated in an extended kiss prior to returning into the neighborhood tavern. The entire episode was repeated two more times over the next two hours, all three times both of the Private Investigators were able to obtain video of the romance, albeit from different angles.
At approximately 9:00 pm, both New Jersey Private Investigators observed the couple walk out of the tavern and enter the subject’s vehicle. The vehicle departed and the couple were followed by both private detectives as they drove to a low-end motel on a busy road arriving at about 9:10pm. The couple were observed by the private investigators as they entered a motel room (room entry on motel exterior). The couple did not have to stop at the office which is highly suggestive to the private detectives that the room had been acquired earlier in the day.
At about 10:30pm the couple departed the room and left in the Subject’s Vehicle. Both New Jersey Private Investigators followed the Subject’s vehicle until he dropped off the female on a darkened street near the neighborhood tavern they had been hanging out at earlier. The entire episode was captured on video by both of the Private Investigators
After the evidence had been presented to the client by the Private Detectives, she was able to immediately identify the woman as a co-worker of her husband, but worse yet, the woman was supposed to have been a close friend of the client. The evidence supplied by the private detectives at Cowan Investigations empowered our Client to make clear and informed decisions on moving forward in her life.
Case Example Concluded
Highly Trained and Best Equipped New Jersey Private Investigator Firm
For purposes of conducting Surveillance Investigations, Cowan Investigations is able to put their New Jersey Private Investigators into the field with a selection of up to fourteen surveillance vehicles. The selection of vehicles available to our private detectives is un-matched by any other New Jersey Private Detective Firm. The surveillance vehicles available to our Private Investigators range from low profile to high profile vehicles, these vehicles will fit into any New Jersey Neighborhood. Cowan Investigations personnel are equipped with Apple Computers as well as 4K Sony Night Vision Video Cameras.
Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigators working field investigations are retired high ranking Jersey City, Police Officials. Other private detectives at Cowan Investigations are retired high ranking officers from other New Jersey Law Enforcement agencies. Despite the many retired high-ranking police officers working at Cowan Investigations, it is not what you would expect. The New Jersey Private Detectives at Cowan Investigations were never administrative pencil pushers. First and foremost, the, New Jersey Private Investigators at Cowan Investigations were street savvy police officers working in the field with the officers they had supervised.
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New Jersey Cohabitation Investigations
Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Firm is one of the top Private Detective Agencies for Cohabitation Investigations. Our New Jersey Private Investigator Agency was formed in 2016 by former Jersey City Police Chief Bob Cowan https://cowaninvestigations.com/about-us/ . Since that time our New Jersey Private Investigator Firm has assisted clients by obtaining evidence of cohabitation as described in the 2014 Revision to the Alimony/Cohabitation Laws. Since the formation of our New Jersey Private Detective Agency, it is estimated Cowan Investigations has saved Clients over two million dollars in fraudulent alimony payments. Bob Cowan is not some administrative manager, Bob works in the field and is responsible for all Cohabitation Reports.
When evidence exists in a New Jersey Cohabitation Case, our New Jersey Private Investigator Firm is second to none in obtaining this evidence for Clients. A recent New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation Cowan Investigations Private Detective Firm conducted spanned a period of approximately ten months. The resultant report of this expansive Cohabitation Investigation was 800 plus pages in length. Cowan Investigations detailed reports are second to none in the New Jersey Private Investigator Industry. https://cowaninvestigations.com/cohabitation-investigation/
When the conditions are right, the Cowan Investigations Private Detective Firm has the ability to deploy Private Investigator Concealed Cameras at the location of the investigation. Our Concealed Private Investigator Cameras are capable of compiling massive amounts of evidence. In many instances, the deployment of these concealed cameras were sixty percent or more of the evidence presented in successful New Jersey Cohabitation Investigations. The attached link will provide more information https://cowaninvestigations.com/hidden-cameras/
Worn Out Working in New Jersey While Your Ex-Spouse Cohabitates and Collects Alimony?
Are you getting tired of your Ex-Spouse living the high life in New Jersey while you pay alimony and struggle to make ends meet? Do you ever wonder how your ex-spouse can afford to shop in Paramus New Jersey for her new car?
While your ex-spouse collects alimony from you, while cohabiting with a love interest in New Jersey, is it fair that you are shopping for your “New Car” on Route 9, in Ocean County, New Jersey?
Don’t be taken advantage of by an ex-spouse cohabiting in New Jersey while fraudulently collecting alimony from you!!! The New Jersey Private Investigators at Cowan Investigations will level the playing field!!!
Getting Started with a New Jersey Private Investigator
Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigators are experts at conducting Cohabitation Investigations. The Cowan Investigations Private Investigator Firm guarantees the interview process for a New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation is a two-way street. Being a two-way street means that as a Private Detective contacted regarding an Alimony Investigation, it is the Client who is the interviewer. Our Private Investigator Firm realizes the Client has to be comfortable with the competence, knowledge, skills and abilities of a private detective agency retained for a Cohabitation Investigation. During intake for a New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation, Bob Cowan the owner of the Private Investigator Agency, will answer all questions.
During this intake process for the Cohabitation Investigation, our New Jersey Private Detective Agency will have a fair amount of very important questions. One of the most important questions our Private Detective Agency will have is: How much Alimony do you pay each year? This question is followed by “How many more years is your term of alimony”? These two questions are not meant to be intrusive. The questions we ask are smart, focused and extremely relevant. After answering these two questions, it is possible to extrapolate the amount of money the Client can stand to save if a New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation is successful. Or, in the reverse, we can figure out if the amount of money remaining is insignificant when compared to the cost of the Cohabitation Investigation and litigation.
At times our New Jersey Private Detective Agency will intake the initial call and some clients object to the premise of the information requested. At first, some Clients believe that our case intake private investigator is trying to weigh the relative wealth of a client, this is furthest from the truth. The Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Agency has one price for services, that is it.
Hiring a New Jersey Private Investigator to conduct a successful cohabitation investigation is not cheap. As the owner of a successful Private Detective Firm, Cowan Investigations recommends a minimum five-week Cohabitation Investigation. The most optimum Cohabitation Investigation a New Jersey Private Investigator could conduct, would be three to four months. In way of explaining, the three to four months
could be separated into smaller segments. However, the longer term the investigation the better the Client’s Attorney will be able to refute the many excuses defendants often try to fabricate.
Once the length of a cohabitation investigation is decided upon after keeping in mind budget constraints, the client can relay all pertinent information to the New Jersey Private Detective. A plan will be presented by the private investigator and discussed with the client. After the Client and the Private Investigator agree on how to proceed, a retainer agreement can be executed between the client and private detective agency.
New Jersey Private Investigators Initial Approach to a Cohabitation Investigation
Bob Cowan is a thirty-five-year veteran law enforcement officer (Retired) and has five-year’s experience as a New Jersey Private Investigator. As a police officer and now as a New Jersey Private Detective, Bob learned that the time to get things right, is during the initial Cohabitation Investigation. It is critically important when conducting a Cohabitation Investigation that the private detective does so in a discrete a way as possible. If the subject of a cohabitation investigation suspects an investigation is ongoing, it would be difficult for a private investigator to obtain evidence of cohabitation. If a target of the cohabitation investigation is suspicious, they will start to alter their conduct, even their living arrangements. As a Private Detective, I have found that parents fraudulently receiving alimony will go as far as telling their children to lie to the other parent.
Cohabitation Investigation Case Studies by a New Jersey Private Investigator
New Jersey Cohabitation Case Study 1, authorized by Client (written by Bob Cowan, owner of Cowan Investigations)
In the late the late Spring of 2017, the Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Firm was a one-year-old Private Detective Agency started by myself and wife Liz. During that period of time, I was writing and updating material for our New Jersey Private Detective Website. I was purchasing top of the line private detective equipment for our private investigator firm, including vehicle, cameras, computers etc. In addition, I was participating in training related to New Jersey Cohabitation and alimony laws as well as brushing up on the issues of New Jersey Child Custody Laws which I had already possessed per my New Jersey Law Enforcement Career. The New Jersey Private Investigator Firm we began was obtaining a little investigative work, but in a financial sense, our New Jersey Private Detective Agency was upside down financially.
One day in the late Spring of 2017, my wife Liz arrived home telling me she been on the phone for an hour with a potential client who wanted a consultation on a New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation https://cowaninvestigations.com/alimony/ . Prior to calling the Client, I reviewed the case file she had taken notes on. One location of the Cohabitation Investigation was set in suburban/urban area, all good, that part looked easy enough. However, the second and primary location of the investigation was set forth miles away in a very rural area on a farm surrounded by woods. I am essentially a city boy, the rural setting seemed very challenging. With that said, I was extremely confident I would succeed as I am very adaptable and furthermore, I love to win.
On our initial consultation with the Client, he related that he had initially hired a New Jersey Private Investigator who had promised him the world but after being retained did very little for him in terms of providing evidence. There is nothing “more convenient” then Google Imagery in order to assess an area for suitability of a New Jersey Private Investigator conducting a Cohabitation Investigation. However, the only way to truly assess an area for such an expensive undertaking as a New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation is to put boots on the ground during a professional reconnaissance of the area.
Upon my first arrival at the rural setting, I initially was able to immediately obtain footage of the subject of the Alimony Investigation and her vehicle parked on the property of her long-time boyfriend. This video footage was taken from a rural road down a very long driveway lined by trees. This video I secured on my first field investigation was more evidence then was produced by the initial New Jersey Private Investigator. The prior New Jersey Private Investigator who had worked the cohabitation investigation for a month never producing a photo of either of the Subjects. After securing that video, I set off to locate an isolated high end Townhouse development located on a street that had a one-hundred-foot stand of woods at the end of the cul-de-sac. This information had been secured through Google Imagery. The Cul-De-Sac bordered the farm at which the Subject was suspected of cohabiting with her boyfriend. It was important I be able to obtain a surveillance location directly into the secluded property. I Parked my vehicle at the end of the Cul-De-Sac in order to enter the woods. I realized I could not do park there on a continuous basis if I was to be the New Jersey Private Investigator conducting the long-term Cohabitation Investigation as it would highlight my presence.
I hiked through the woods until I arrived at what I believed was the property line of the couple’s farm. My assessment was two-fold, I could obtain some evidence from the rural road by pointing my camera up the tree lined driveway, but a majority of the evidence would need to be obtained by my trudging through the tick laden woods and surveilling from the property line. I challenge you to find a New Jersey Private
Investigator conducting a Cohabitation Investigation that would hike through these woods to obtain evidence.
The Client whom had initially retained Cowan Investigations as his New Jersey Private Detective Agency to conduct this preliminary Cohabitation Investigation subsequently hired our private Investigator Agency to conduct the entire investigation.
Because the nature of the area required, I had to make some purchases in order to get this New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation off the ground. As a Private Investigator with a thirty-five-year New Jersey Law Enforcement Background, I knew the first thing needed to be addressed was my safety. The most immediate issue identified was to prevent being exposed to a tick bearing disease. Because of the layout of the Cohabitation Investigation, each time I worked the “Job” I had to access the woods I previously described (Late spring 2017 was very hot). Second issue I needed to confront, how to surreptitiously access those woods without raising suspicions of the residents of the Townhomes that were located on the street bordering the woods?
- I went to a hunting store and purchased all sorts of tick resistant undergarments for my entry and surveillance in the woods.
- I could not reasonably park my undercover New Jersey Private Detective Vehicle at the end of the Cul-De-Sac bordering the woods over a period of two to three months without raising suspicions of the residents.
I located a place to park approximately one mile away with the plan of walking back and forth to the woods, a total of two miles during each day of the Cohabitation Investigation. I went to a sporting goods store and purchased clothing that would make it appear I was a “Power Walker” just out for exercise. In addition, I purchased a small water backpack that runners and bicyclists use to keep hydrated. Instead of water, I stowed my private investigator surveillance gear the water camel.
During the length of this two-to-three-month New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation, I would park my private detective vehicle one mile away and power walk to the end of the Cul-De-Sac bordering the woods in order to set up my surveillance https://cowaninvestigations.com/surveillance/ . At the end of the surveillance, I would power walk back to my private investigator vehicle. During this lengthy Cohabitation Investigation none of the numerous residents I had encountered had a clue I was a New Jersey Private Investigator conducting a private investigation. In fact, I would often exchange pleasantries with the residents of the Townhomes who come to believe I was a local resident.
Toward the conclusion of our Cohabitation Investigation, one of our New Jersey Private Investigators was deployed in an undercover capacity to meet with the Subject of the investigation. The pretextual meeting was arranged after our New Jersey Private Detective Agency learned the Subject had a large asset for sale. Our New Jersey Private Investigator met with the Subject of the Cohabitation Investigation, during this pretextual meeting our private detective was able to obtain actionable investigatory information.
During this comprehensive New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation one funny story comes to mind. One day when I was “power walking” down the street toward the woods at the end of the cul-de-sac, I encountered a woman who was walking her dog. I stopped to speak with the woman, as we chit-chatted, I petted and played with the dog who was very friendly toward me (I am a dog lover). After our ten-minute conversation I went about my private investigator business and slid into the woods unnoticed in order to conduct my cohabitation surveillance. About three weeks later, as I exited the woods, I observed the same woman and her dog, the woman and dog did not see me, I was sure of that. The woman remembered me as I encounter her after I had exited the woods, she greeted me, but the dog became very aggressive, growling and pulling toward me. The woman could not figure out why her dog was acting like that, it is interesting the dog sensed something was just not right, although, I am not certain if the dog “made me” as a New Jersey Private Investigator”.
This New Jersey Cohabitation was successfully litigated by the Client’s Attorney based on the evidence collected and presented by the Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Firm.
Google Review for Bob Cowan, New Jersey Private Investigator regarding the above describe New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation left by my Client
(below is a Google Review for the first New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation Conducted by New Jersey Private Investigator Robert Cowan in 2017. This review of the experienced New Jersey Private Detectives abilities demonstrates the commitment Cowan Investigations has for its Clients. This review is Posted on this website with the permission of the Client. This was the first Five-Star Google Review that Bob, the Owner of Cowan Investigations had received for work as a New Jersey Private Investigator.).
I engaged Robert Cowan to conduct an investigation to document my ex-wife’s cohabitation for the purpose of filing a motion with the family court to terminate permanent alimony. Mr. Cowan formulated and executed a comprehensive investigative plan, which included: social media analysis, background research, early morning and late evening camera surveillance conducted in a difficult-to-access rural setting, vehicle registration searches, refuse and recycling pulls, vehicle sighting reports, and even a visit with my ex-wife under the guise of a potential customer responding to a Craig’s list ad. All of these activities were professionally conducted with an acute awareness and strict adherence to admissibility of evidence rules. Mr. Cowan summarized all his findings in concise reports that included photographs and videos of his activities. I highly recommend Robert Cowan to lead your investigation. He was so much more than a hired expert. He was my partner in the legal search for the truth….and his determination to WIN “our” case could not have been greater!
New Jersey Cohabitation Case Study 2, (written by Bob Cowan, owner of the Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detective Agency)
In the Winter of 2017, my New Jersey Private Investigator Agency was retained for a complicated New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation. The comprehensive investigation was to spill into February of 2018. The Client was determined that due to the complexity and length of the investigation that only a single New Jersey Private Detective could work the cohabitation Investigation. The Client was unable to find a private detective who would agree to work thirty-one days straight beginning at 5:00am and concluding at 9:00pm, until he has found Bob Cowan.
The Client was paying a very significant amount of alimony to an ex-spouse who was gaming the system the requirements of the Cohabitation Investigation required the New Jersey Private Investigator to first conduct a preliminary investigation in December 2017. Afterwards, it would be necessary the New Jersey Private Detective work every single day of January. The hours the New Jersey Private Detective would work would be stringent, these hours would fluctuate a little either way but would be worked every single day of January 5:00 am, 6:30 am, 8:00 am, noon, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. In between working this schedule, it was absolutely essential the New Jersey Private Detective Reports were kept current. This involved much administrative work such as, processing videos, photographs as well as concurrent research.
The New Jersey County in which the Cohabitation was located, was remote from Residence. The remote geography required I work from a hotel close to the location of the New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation. The staff at Cowan Investigations assisted as we ferried three of our New Jersey Private Detective Surveillance Vehicles and other equipment to the Hotel which would be my home and office for the lengthy Cohabitation Investigation. Of note, after the completion of the January Thirty-Day New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation, it was part of the plan that this New Jersey Private Investigator would return two-weeks later and conduct another seven-day consecutive Cohabitation Investigation.
The surveillances conducted at night had to be accomplished from the rear of the New Jersey Private detective surveillance vehicle with the engine turned off. I spent hours in frigid January weather in the unheated rear of the private Investigator surveillance vehicle in order to gather evidence of cohabitation. It would have been close to impossible to have had had multiple New Jersey Private Detectives this work this Cohabitation Investigation, for one thing, the hours, conditions and other factors would have excluded many of those private detectives, quite frankly it would be just too difficult for them.
During this Cohabitation Investigation, I submitted in excess of Two-Thousand Pages of New Jersey Private Investigator reports. At the end, with the assistance of a very involved and street-smart Client, Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detective Agency was able to provide irrefutable proofs of multiple elements that are required per
the New Jersey Alimony Laws.
Our New Jersey Private Investigator Agency was able to provide:
- Clear evidence of intertwined finances
- Clear evidence of joint responsibility for living expenses
- Through social media and other resources our New Jersey Private Investigator Firm was able to show a recognition of the couple’s relationship both in their respective families as well as their social circles
- Through damning New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicle Records our New Jersey Private Detective firm was able to document a significant lengthy history of the couple residing together under one roof.
- In addition, our private investigator agency, through surveillance and other methods was able to document the couple’s living together, frequency of contact, as well as irrefutable evidence that the couple were involved in a mutually supportive and intimate personal relationship.
- Our New Jersey Private Detective Firm also provided proofs of the couple sharing household chores.
It is not often that a New Jersey Private Investigator is able to hit on all the elements of the New Jersey Cohabitation Law, save one which is impossible for a private detective to obtain proofs for. The Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detective Agency supplied the Client and his attorney the evidence needed in order to have the ALIMONY TERMINATED.
New Jersey Cohabitation Case Study 3, (written by Bob Cowan, owner of Cowan Investigations)
In the late Winter of 2019, the Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator was contacted by a Client who was extremely upset about the current private investigator she had hired. The Client had retained the New Jersey Private Detective Agency which also had a National Franchise operation. The Client related that she had retained this New Jersey Private Detective Agency and they now claimed they could not locate some evidence the private investigator agency had been paid to collect. The private investigator firm was billing the client exorbitant fees just to speak with her regarding evidence they could not locate. The Client informed Cowan Investigations she had already paid the New Jersey Private Investigator Agency upwards of five thousand dollars and she had nothing.
After speaking with the Client, I requested she send me any reports that she had available from the private detective firm. When I received the “Cohabitation Reports”, I was sick to my stomach on how unprofessional the “New Jersey Private Detective Agencies Reports” actually were. The private investigator reports were so bad, it made me wonder if the private detective firm was actually operating under a valid New Jersey Private Detective License. The “Cohabitation Report” was ten pages long and the photographs contained in the report appeared to be taken from a cell phone and contained no time and date stamp. Worse yet, the text in the report appeared more focused on the investigator justifying his/her billing then properly documenting evidence of cohabitation. Statements of each time the private investigator left his office and went in the field were contained in the report: “I left the office at 11pm”, I returned to the office at 12:14am etc. Statements such as the aforementioned have no place in a professional New Jersey Private Detective Report.
Long story short, I conducted a successful and professional investigation for the Client. When the Client was provided the first draft of our New Jersey Private Detective Report, she had told Liz Cowan that she had broken down crying because it was so much more professional then the report that the bottom feeding New Jersey Private Detective Agency she had first retained.
New Jersey Private Investigator Bob Cowan can provide more examples of successful New Jersey Cohabitations. Below will be a collection of redacted photographs from previous successful New Jersey Alimony Investigations
As a New Jersey Private Investigator, I have experienced some very disturbing conduct by persons fraudulently receiving alimony. One case in point, the recipient of alimony pretended to live somewhere with her children, the private investigator inquiry found the residence did not even exist. In another case, a recipients significant other shared time between residences to make it appear he/she did not live there. In several cases, our New Jersey Private Investigators found that the boy friend of an alimony recipient was divorced himself. Our private detective inquiry further determined that the boyfriend had significant alimony obligations himself.
During the initial stages of our New Jersey Private Investigator Firms inquiry, it was learned that the divorced boyfriend listed his mother’s address as his home for official record purposes. The listing of a relatives address by a cohabiter is a normal occurrence our private investigators have determined. The New Jersey Private Detectives at Cowan Investigations have an actual name for the practice of phony addresses, it is called a “Male Drop”. Of note, I intended to use “Male” in exactly the way it was spelled.
Our New Jersey Private Investigators have learned that many men (some women) obtaining a New Jersey divorce are often between a rock and a hard place. Upon being divorced, the man may be responsible for a significant amount New Jersey Child Support as well as his alimony. In New Jersey, Alimony is ordinarily awarded after property disbursement, depending on the circumstances, at times there is a large amount of alimony awarded, while sometimes not so much. With that said, many times, at least one of the Subject Parties in a Cohabitation Investigation is paying a former spouse a large monthly alimony. For some reason, it seems like men/women paying a large amount of alimony end up cohabiting with a person receiving a large alimony check. It is the weirdest thing; it is almost a redistribution of funds.
2014 Revision to the New Jersey Alimony and Cohabitation Laws
Per the 2014 Revision of the New Jersey Alimony/Cohabitation Law, a New Jersey Family Court may suspend or terminate alimony if the recipient cohabitates with another person. According to New Jersey Law, cohabitation involves an intimate, mutually supportive personal relationship in which a couple has undertaken privileges and duties commonly associated with marriage or civil union, but does not
necessarily maintain a single common household (see external link). Updated 2021
When assessing whether cohabitation is occurring or not, the court will consider the following:
(1) Intertwined finances, including joint bank accounts and other joint liabilities or holdings;
(2) Sharing or joint responsibility for living expenses;
(3) Recognition of the relationship in the couple’s family and social circle;
(4) Living together, frequency of contact, duration of the relationship, and other indicia of a mutually supportive and intimate personal relationship;
(5) Sharing in household chores;
(6) Whether the recipient of alimony received an enforceable promise of support from another person within the meaning of subsection h. of R.S.25:1-5 (“palimony”); and
(7) All other relevant evidence.
In evaluating whether cohabitation is occurring and if alimony should be terminated or suspended, the court will also consider the length of the relationship. A court may not find an absence of cohabitation solely on the grounds that the couple does not live together on a full-time basis.
New Jersey Private Investigator Bob Cowan Speaks to his Qualifications
As has been related earlier on this webpage, as the owner of a New Jersey Private Investigator Firm, I was lucky to have had a very interesting and rewarding law enforcement career. A law enforcement background does not guarantee a person will have a successful second career as a New Jersey Private Investigator. This is so because a fair amount of retired New Jersey Law Enforcement Officers come with a significant amount of baggage. Due to multiple factors in New Jersey, many public sector employees often feel entitled. New Jersey Law Enforcement Officers are not immune to this entitlement mentality, especially if they are not subjected to proper supervision. To that point, I will relate a quick story of the public sector entitlement attitude as it pertained to several police officers I had the misfortune to encounter while trying to perform my private investigator duties.
I experienced this “public sector attitude” in the spring of 2020 when I was trying to do my job as a New Jersey Private Detective. I relate this tale of incompetence, insolence and entitlement not because the story is directly related to New Jersey Cohabitation Investigations. I bring these story up because I want you to understand, I am different from some of the police officers or departments you may have interacted with, and I do not bring the same baggage many retired law enforcement officers come with:
In my capacity as a New Jersey Private Detective, I had to serve New Jersey Court Process in a divorce matter. The New Jersey Family Court Process had to be served in a municipality in a southern New Jersey County that our Private Detective Agency had tracked the recipient to. The subpoena compelled the recipient to respond in writing to the New Jersey Family Court. The woman who had retained our New Jersey Private Investigator Agency had tried three other New Jersey Private Detective Agencies in order to have the process served over a two-year period, all failed.
Prior to serving the New Jersey Family Court Divorce Process, I tasked the Cowan Investigations Private Detective in charge of our background department with locating the squirrely subject of our process. The Cowan Investigations Private Investigator conducting the locate inquiry finding an address for our target at which the private detective indicated she was quite certain our Subject would be located at.
After obtaining the location information from my private investigator, while researching the area I found it to be a very private residential location with one way in and out of the neighborhood. I formulated a plan to enter the area and perform the surveillance on a sleepy Sunday Morning in a vehicle which would be disguised to fit in.
For a variety of reasons, I do not always notify police when I am in an area acting in my capacity as a New Jersey Private Investigator. However, due to the nature of the neighborhood and the circumstances of my potential to be in the area for a protracted length of time, I decided to provide a notification to the police agency of jurisdiction. I pulled to the front of the police department at about 6:00am. As I had pulled up to the stationhouse, I looked across the road where I had observed two police radio cars pulled side to side in a large parking lot way off the road near a park. Upon seeing the officers my impression was that they were winding down from their overnight shift which was more than likely going to conclude shortly. I have done the same thing during my thirty-five years on the Jersey City Police Department after an overnight shift. But I could be wrong, the officers could certainly have been speaking in regard to a police matter.
In any event, I entered the police department with a three-page document I had previously prepared which contained a photograph of my vehicle, a mapping image of the area I would be working in, the expected length of time I might be in the area as well as the fact that I was armed. In the report, I included an image of both sides of my New Jersey State Police License with my photograph as well as my phone number and a general description of the nature of my business.
As I was in the lobby of the deserted police facility, I observed a large bullet resistant glass window which was clear, I was able to see a large empty room with multiple desks. To my right was a large two-way mirror preventing persons from seeing into the room on the other side, I assumed this room was also empty. After a minute or two of standing all alone, I attempted to verbally make my presence known, I believe there was even a buzzer to press, but I am not certain. After being there for ten-minutes and receiving no acknowledgement, I departed the building.
Upon exiting the building, I observed the two police radio cars still parked side by side. I drove my vehicle over to the officers opening all of my vehicle windows as I approached so they could see that I was the only occupant. Not to alarm the officers, (both sitting in one car, one drinking a beverage) I pulled four feet away. Without exiting my vehicle, I related to the officers that I was a New Jersey Private Investigator, I explained that I had been inside their headquarters (the officers had had sight vision to see I had entered the facility) and was unable to provide anyone at the police station with the document pertaining to my surveillance. I asked the police officer if I could exit my car and give him the document so he could get the information into his department. The police officer refused telling me “maybe the desk officer was in the bathroom, you have to go back inside to give it to him”. I told the police officer that I had no such obligation, and that he had a responsibility to take this information, he again declined”.
After my interactions with this officer, I went directly to the location of my investigation after declining to go back to his police facility in order to stand in an empty room. After 8:00am, a time at which I believed a new shift would be on duty I called the police agency and requested a supervisor. Of note, I did not complain of the officer’s conduct, I just related the information I had intended to transmit in regard to my investigation and my presence in that police departments jurisdiction. The supervisor was professional and thankful to me for providing the information to his department.
While the type of attitude and negligent conduct described above is not prevalent in New Jersey Police Agencies, I would say, it is also not uncommon. Is it a wonder why residents of New Jersey might reject being treated with such insolence by police officers earning north of 100K a year? Many of the retired cops who are New Jersey Private Detectives have that same bad attitude, not all, but many.
One last thing, prior to becoming a New Jersey Private investigator, when I was a supervisor on the Jersey City Police Officer from 1988 to when I became Chief of Police in 2013, if the clown cop and his partner in the parking lot at the location I noted above would have had had a really bad problem if I had found out they had declined to do their job under my watch.
When you contact Cowan Investigations you will find a hard-working, responsible, competent and tenacious New Jersey Private Detective with a great attitude.
New Jersey Child Custody Investigations
Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Firm is one of the top New Jersey Private Detective Agencies for Child Custody Investigations. Our New Jersey Private Investigator Agency was formed in 2016 by former Jersey City Police Chief Bob Cowan https://cowaninvestigations.com/about-us/ . Since 2016 our Private Investigator Firm has assisted clients in ensuring the health, safety and welfare of their children. The New Jersey Private Detectives at Cowan Investigations have a long and storied history of protecting the Children of New Jersey.
The New Jersey Private Investigators at Cowan Investigations understand New Jersey Laws that are designed to protect your Children. Our Private Detectives are trained in obtaining valuable and relevant evidence during Child Custody Investigations. The first part of obtaining relevant evidence is for the Private Detective to be able to recognize and understand the evidence the he/she is searching for. New Jersey Private Investigators at Cowan Investigations have been credited with providing evidence in multiple Child Custody Investigations that had resulted in favorable New Jersey Family Court Decisions for our Clients. Bob Cowan is not some administrative manager in his capacity at Cowan Investigations. Bob is a private investigator that also works in the field, Bob Cowan is responsible for all results in our New Jersey Child Custody Investigations. https://cowaninvestigations.com/child-custody/
When evidence is available in a Child Custody Case, our New Jersey Private Investigator Firm is second to none in obtaining all available evidence for our Clients. A recent New Jersey Child Custody Investigation conducted by the Cowan Investigations Private Investigator Firm spanned six-months. Cowan Investigations Private Detectives were able to obtain an overwhelming amount of evidence. The resultant report of this expansive New Jersey Child Custody Investigation reached almost two thousand pages in length. Cowan Investigations detailed reports are succinct, accurate on target and are the very best in the State of New Jersey Private Investigator Industry.
Depending on the geography and other factors and conditions the Cowan Investigations Private Investigator Firm has the capability to install Private Detective Concealed Cameras at the location of the Child Custody Investigation. Our Concealed Private Detective Cameras are capable of amassing enormous amounts of proofs during a New Jersey Child Custody Investigation. The attached link will provide more information https://cowaninvestigations.com/hidden-cameras/
Child Custody Investigator in New Jersey
Call a New Jersey Private Investigator to Ensure your Children Okay
Many divorced or separated parents reach out to New Jersey Private Investigators in order to confirm their children are okay when with the other parent. Often the parents may not expect anything will be found out, they have indicated the Child Custody Investigation is just a matter of due diligence. Other parents may believe their children are being neglected, abused or being supervised at an unsafe location while with the other parent.
Cowan Investigations is the premier New Jersey Private Detective Firm for the conducting of Child Custody Investigations. All of the Cowan Investigations Private Investigators have a substantial background in providing for the safety of New Jersey’s Children. All of our New Jersey Private Detectives have a law enforcement background, not just patrolman or detectives, our private investigators were high ranking officers in major New Jersey Law Enforcement Agencies. Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detectives were not “Administrators”, while in their prior law enforcement careers. The Private Investigators at Cowan Investigations were first and foremost street cops.
In their past law enforcement careers, Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigators were witness to horrors that related to the abuse of children. Our Private Detectives were witness to homicides, physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse of children. You name it and our New Jersey Private Detectives have seen the horrors of it all. The Private Investigators at Cowan Investigations have much experience in dealing with the Department of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP). Our private detectives have met DCPP in emergency rooms where children who were victims of child abuse were injured at the hands of their parents. Our private investigators have met and conferenced with DCPP Personnel at the homes of children who have been abused, assaulted or neglected. Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detectives have escorted DCPP Personnel into the most violent neighborhoods. Hands down, you will not find a New Jersey Private Investigator Firm with a group of qualified and experienced private detectives as Cowan Investigations has.
Our New Jersey Private Investigators Recommend a Background Investigation
Any time a parent brings a new man or woman into the home of your children, as matter of due-diligence, you should contact a New Jersey Private Investigator to conduct a background Investigation. It is extremely important that you do not just meet the significant other, but you must know the background of him/her if this person is going to be with your children. New Jersey Child Custody Investigations are a good example of an area where a background investigation is essential. Most if not all, Child Custody matters will have background investigations conducted by the Cowan Investigations In-House New Jersey Private investigator https://cowaninvestigations.com/backgrounds/ .
There are several different resources our New Jersey Private Investigator Firm would use to conduct a background search. Our Background Private Detective would first conduct a comprehensive background searches across two database platforms. When our New Jersey Private Investigator has that data available it would be a roadmap for the for the private detective conducting the field investigation on how to proceed. The initial search by the background private detective will provide Cowan Investigations with personal identifying information, which in turn will provide more information in order to proceed further with more specific data searches. At the time our private investigator has personal identifying information, it is then possible to run criminal history inquiries through the New Jersey State Police Database as well as obtain motor vehicle records through the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
Once the Subject of the private detectives’ background investigation is properly identified, it is then possible to obtain judgements, liens as well as country wide criminal histories. The thing about most out of state criminal histories, as it is with any data platforms base resource, is that a data base is only as accurate and complete as the person submitting the information at the source. To relate what was said in simple terms, this is not a National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) search, the background search is a conglomeration of information entered across fifty states. It takes an experienced New Jersey Private Investigator to sort through all the data while analyzing the information returned. At times, if needed the Cowan Investigations Private Investigator may verify the returned information by contacting the sourcing agency submitting the data.
The difference between a New Jersey Private Investigator Background Data Base and publicly available data base platforms is significant. The informational databases available to a New Jersey Private Detective Agency can access social security numbers and dates of births. This personal identifying information is key in obtaining accurate information. A publicly available database is restricted from providing the very important personal identifying information which provides for accurate background results.
An integral part of our background investigation will be the submission by our New Jersey Private Investigator of personal identifying information to the New Jersey State Police for a Criminal History Search. The New Jersey State Police maintains highly accurate records which goes to the professionalism of that police agency.
If at one point the Client is anticipating a New Jersey Child Custody Motion in Family Court, and the Client is represented by an attorney our New Jersey Private Investigator conducting the background investigation can access New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Records. This access of New Jersey Motor Vehicle records is not easy, it has to be done with the assistance of an attorney representing you. In most instances a New Jersey Family Court Docket Number may be required on the paperwork that the New Jersey Private Detective is submitting to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
All of the above relating to background investigation can be conducted with the proper level of permissible use (purpose the information is required).
New Jersey Private Investigator Gathering Evidence for Child Custody
Child Custody Motions before a New Jersey Family Court in most instances will require the involvement of a New Jersey Private Investigator. The involvement of a New Jersey Private Detective is needed in order to have any chance of being successful in Court. The retaining of a Private Investigator is only subordinated by the hiring of a competent New Jersey Family Law Attorney. It will be your New Jersey Private Detective who will gather evidence for your Child Custody Issue, it is essential the Private Detective Agency you select has the experience necessary.
For many top family law attorneys the Cowan Investigations Private Investigator Firm is the go private detective agency of choice to conduct Child Custody Investigations. The retaining of a competent and experienced New Jersey Private Detective is critical to the successful conclusion of a Child Custody Motion. Retaining the most qualified New Jersey Private Investigator is of paramount importance. Your Private Investigator should possess multiple disciplines and extensive training in New Jersey Law, such as:
- New Jersey Juvenile Laws and Procedures,
- New Jersey Child Abuse and Child Endangerment Laws, to include sexual offenses specifically against children
- New Jersey Domestic Violence Policies and Procedures as they relate to the differing responsibilities of Police, County Prosecutors and County Courts,
- New Jersey Criminal Code 2C and their application to the above,
- A good understanding of New Jersey’s Megan’s law and the policies and procedures, which surround same
- A solid background of Experience interacting with the New Jersey Division Of Youth and Family Services (DYFS)
All of the New Jersey Private Investigators at Cowan Investigations possess the knowledge, skills and abilities cited above.
New Jersey Private Investigator Child Custody Case Study
(Certain facts changed to protect privacy)
In the Fall of 2018, the Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Agency received a call from a concerned father. It seems he had deep concerns that the mother of his child could be in a relationship with a former boyfriend. The father reported to our New Jersey Private Detective Agency the individual his daughter’s mother was seeing had a significant criminal history. The Client (Father) was concerned his young daughter would be exposed to his spouse’s drug addicted ex-con boyfriend. The Client retained the Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detective Agency to conduct a Child Custody Investigation. The goal of the Child Custody Investigation was to collect evidence for a pending divorce and child custody litigation.
The New Jersey Child Custody Investigation was not overly lengthy, but the Child Custody Investigation was very successful. The Child Custody Investigation began in Mid-November in 2018 and concluded in Mid-January 2019. The Child Custody Investigation was conducted by New Jersey Private Investigators Bob Cowan and Joe Ascolese.
During the Child Custody Investigation our New Jersey Private Detectives followed the Subject of the investigation to a high drug area located in a large City in Northern New Jersey. The New Jersey Private Investigators involved surveilled the subject during a mobile surveillance onto a residential Urban Street. The private detectives watched as the Subject of the Child Custody Investigation was dropped off onto a random street. The private detectives then surveilled the vehicle pulled onto a side street and parked, the vehicle turned the engine off.
New Jersey Private Investigators from Cowan Investigations continue surveillance of the Subject, base on the private detective’s background, training and experience, the private investigators reasonably believe the Subject is seeking to purchase narcotics in this high drug activity of a City in Northern New Jersey.
As the Cowan Investigations Private Investigators continued their surveillance, the private detectives observed the subject conduct a hand-to-hand transaction on a street corner in the Northern New Jersey City. The Subject was observed handing currency to a suspected drug dealer on a bicycle, the bicyclist departs after having received the currency.
The New Jersey Private Investigators observe as the suspected drug dealer departs after having received currency from the Subject.
Twelve minutes after the bicyclist had departed after receiving currency from the Subject, he arrives back to the Subject whom had stood on the street corner waiting for him. the New Jersey Private Detectives continue their surveillance as the bicyclist hands a small object to the Subject. Based on the training, background and experience it was the opinion of both New Jersey Private Investigators that they had probable cause to believe they had witnessed a drug transaction. The Subject is observed departing after his suspected purchase of an illicit substance on a Paterson, New Jersey Street Corner.
The New Jersey Private Investigators from Cowan Investigations continue their surveillance of the Subject, as the Subject walks toward the vehicle that had dropped him off. The private detectives then observe as the subject appears to snort what is believed to be a CDS as the Subject continues toward the vehicle in which he departs in.
Several weeks later when we continued our Child Custody Investigation, Joe Ascolese and myself remained as the primary New Jersey Private Investigators conducting the inquiry. While conducting surveillance at the Subject’s North Jersey Home, Private Detective Bob Cowan was secreted in the rear of his surveillance vehicle. Private Investigator R Cowan observed as local police arrived at the multi dwelling at which the Subject resided. The police were observed as they entered the New Jersey Apartment building. One officer was observed exiting the building with the Subject of our investigation in the custody of the local police officer. The police officer was further observed as he appeared to be patting down the Subject for weapons.
As New Jersey Private Detective Bob Cowan continued surveillance he observed additional backup police officers arrive to assist the original police officer.
One police officer compels the Subject to sit on the ground while the other officers entered the apartment building in what Private Investigator Cowan’s experience suggested was a continuance of the investigation. The officer kept the Subject seated on The porch of the residence which is a tactical move to create safer conditions for the lone officer.
The Subject of Cowan Investigations Child Custody Investigation continues to be video-taped by the New Jersey Private Investigator as the police escort the detained Subject to a police radio car. Of note, during the length of this police response, the officers had no knowledge that the Cowan Investigations Private Detective had been filming the entire incident. In the opinion, of this New Jersey Private Detective, all the police officers’ actions at the scene projected a professional and highly trained group of police officers.
Cowan Investigations was recently advised that our Client was successful in obtaining full custody of his daughter. This Custody was no doubt related to the substantial evidence obtained by the Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detective Agency.
A New Jersey Private Investigator who will Fight for His Client
(The New Jersey Police Department and Municipality this occurred in will be redacted)
A short story about the ineptness non-caring attitude of many New Jersey Public Agencies with regard to the releasing public records through the New Jersey OPRA Process. Our New Jersey Private Investigator Agency requested records in a very important New Jersey Child Custody Investigation. Our Private Detective which handles backgrounds and document retrieval spoke to the records clerk of the Northern New Jersey Municipality that Cowan Investigations were going to OPRA the records from. Our background private detective was told to submit the request electronically and it would be returned electronically. Two weeks later, the Cowan Investigations Private Investigator received correspondence from the Municipality advising that if Cowan Investigations wished to receive the-one-or two-page document requested we needed to forward a 0.15 (fifteen cents) payment to said municipality. Affixed to the envelope was a 0.50 (fifty cent stamp). You can’ fix stupid!!!
Our Cowan Investigations Private detective sent out a check for fifteen cents to the municipality. For us to obtain the record requested, it cost the municipalities police department $1.00 in postage while it would cost Cowan Investigations 0.50 (Fifty cents) for a combined total of $1.50 for the municipality to collect fifteen cents.
The real problem was that our Client had to wait a roughly five weeks to obtain a document pertaining to his child’s safety that could have been returned Via Email. All of this while riots were consuming the United States and law enforcement agencies were under attack. I would think this type of attitude by a police department could not be filed away as good public relations.
Below is a redacted email, I had sent to the Mayor of the Municipality while copying the same to the Chief of Police. Although the Chief apologized for the “problems” encountered, he never took action to expedite the record for our Client.
On Sep 4, 2020, at 3:50 PM, Robert Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>> wrote:
Dear Mayor LaBarbiera,
I own a legitimate business in the State of New Jersey, cowaninvestigations.com<https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=http%3a%2f%2fcowaninvestigations.com&c=E,1,EdQbnD4CqtiDpjgVSfxAvyxeu4VTMvIH2FLx0AQcYVMwUwuQBeQ6Yc3Z_homHAm_hlYiRlMjcHmoaLeGzLrpVQBUBAYhoxBoS-Ur9i7IGx_mQZkKGMXODQ,,&typo=1> and I pay substantial income tax and sales tax to the State of New Jersey in the conduct of that business. I am a former thirty-five-year law enforcement officer, I say that not because I am looking for any special considerations, I tell you this because I understand the system.
In the course of conducting my business, I had a need to request OPRA Records from the Paramus Police Department, this request was submitted on August 17, 2020. Prior to this request, my office had contacted the Paramus Police Department in order to see what was their procedure for receipt of an OPRA Request, my office was told to email the request, we did as instructed.
On September 4, 2020, I received a call that mail had arrived at my UPS Box, I was further advised that the mail originated from the Paramus Police Department, I immediately left the work I was conducting and went over to pick up said mail assuming my documents would be within.
After opening the mail, I found that it was a request for a fifteen-cent payment, assumedly to cover copying charges. No problem with that, however, if I was told to email the OPRA Request, why wouldn’t the Paramus Police Department email me back a request for the fifteen cents. Of note, the postage cost on the Paramus Borough envelope indicated the sending of the letter cost .50 cents in order to ask for fifteen cents (re; attached). At the conclusion of the correspondence, I was instructed to send in either fifteen cents in cash, or send a check for fifteen cents and the police department would then mail the responsive records to me, thereby costing me another two week turn around while accomplishing nothing but slowing down my business and service to my client.
The recurring theme here is this, at the conclusion of my obtaining these records it will have cost the Borough of Paramus $1.00 in postage while costing Cowan Investigations .50 cents in postage for grand total of $1.50 to collect .15 cents as well as an unnecessary obstruction to my servicing of my client, the police department could have simply emailed me the request for .15 cents payment.
I am an ardent supporter of the police as having served on a municipal police department for thirty-five-years, however, it is easy to comprehend how the public can become non-supportive of police when things like this are permitted to happen to its citizens.
Even more disturbing, this correspondence was written on the official Borough of Paramus Police Department Letterhead which identifies the Chief of Police in the upper left portion of the letter. Hopefully the Chief of Police has no idea that OPRA policies like this are in place under his authority and that his subordinates are authoring letters to the public in his name, such as the one written to me.
This situation is a complete waste of taxpayer resources as well the petty harassment of a small taxpaying business
New Jersey Background Investigations
In many instances during your lifetime, as matter of due-diligence you may find a reason to contact a New Jersey Private Investigator to conduct a background Investigation. Examples of the utility of contacting a Private Investigator to conduct a Background Investigations are varied and many. Child Custody Investigations, Alimony/Cohabitation Investigations, Employee Misconduct Investigations, Criminal Investigations, Prospective Tenancy Investigations, employee screening and Litigation Support. These are just a few examples and are not meant to be an exclusive list of the benefit of a Background Investigation conducted by an experienced New Jersey Private Investigator.
Most New Jersey Private Detective Agencies offer Background Investigations on their menu of services. However, the difference between a Cowan Investigations background Investigation from that of another New Jersey Private Detective Agency. The difference is is that our private investigators know how to analyze the data they are receiving.
During a Background Investigation our experienced New Jersey Private Detective responsible for our Intelligence Division has the ability to conduct comprehensive background Investigations across two database platforms. The Background Investigation Databases available to Cowan Investigations is way above those platforms offered to the general public. The information returned by our databases that differs? Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detectives are able to obtain Subject’s personal Identifying Data such as, Social Security Numbers as well as the Subject’s Date of Birth.
Being armed with this identifying information (Social Security Number/Date of Birth) most doors are opened wide for our New Jersey Private Detective. With this personal identification information our private investigator is able to obtain a massive amount of information that would not appear on a general public database. Three things to be aware of with reference to a Subject’s Date of Birth and Social Security Number.
- As a Client you will never be provided a Subject’s Social Security Number or his or her Date of Birth by our private investigator. However, during a litigation your attorney would have access to this information from our private detective firm.
- Our New Jersey Private Investigator needs to have a permissible use to retrieve this personal identification.
- After our New Jersey Private Detective has this personal identification (Subject’s Date of Birth and Social Security Number) John Smith and Jane Doe of Anytown, America will become much easier to locate and positively identify.
New Jersey Private Investigator that Knows when You Can and Can’t Search Background
The Divers Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) is a federal law that was passed in 1994. Legislators created the DPPA to safeguard a driver’s motor vehicle information from those having no purpose to know. The legislation routinely referred to as the DPPA was not created from whole cloth it was created because of a perceived need. The back story to the creation of the DPPA that highlighted the need for such information shields against willy-nilly release of a drivers identifying information is one of safety.
The federal legislation was first introduced in 1992 by Virginia Congressman Jim Moran. The Virginia Congressman proposed the law after opponents of abortion rights were using public databases in order to find and harass abortion providers and their patients. Without my taking a political position on either side of the legislation, as the owner of a New Jersey Private Investigator Firm and as a former law enforcement officer, it is easy to understand that a reasonable and explainable purpose and a need to know must exist in order to access a driver’s personal information. When a New Jersey Private Investigator is conducting any sort of Background Investigation, a permissible use is necessary for the accessing of motor vehicle records.
The DPPA in no way prohibits the use of driver data by a New Jersey Private Detective, so long as the private investigator has a permissible use to access the records. The Driver Privacy Protection Act regulates how and under what circumstances driver data can be used. The DPPA describes exactly what a “Permissible Use” actually is. Stated more simply, a New Jersey Private Investigator is permitted to use driver data during a private investigation, as long as the private detective does so within the parameters of the DPPA Regulations. I have listed the Permissible uses directly below, as a New Jersey Private Investigators the only DPPA which would apply would be DPPA Regulation number three which actually casts a wide net:
Under the DPPA, personal information contained in a motor vehicle record may be disclosed for
- use by any government agency, including any court or law enforcement agency, in carrying out its functions, or
- to any private person or entity acting on behalf of a Federal, State, or local agency; and
- for use in connection with any civil, criminal, administrative, or arbitral proceeding in any Federal, State, or local court or agency or before any self-regulatory body, or pursuant to a Federal, State, or local court
New Jersey Background Investigation, the Foundation for Success
In a large majority of the private investigations that are brought to our Private Detective Agency, some level of a background Investigation will be required. In the New Jersey Private Investigator Industry, Background Investigations are often known as the gateway to a successful outcome to an investigation. The Background Investigation is very much like a roadmap for a New Jersey Private Detective at the beginning, middle and conclusion of the private investigation.
Only a skilled New Jersey Private Detective is able to rummage through all of the information returned on many background Investigations. New Jersey Private Investigators at Cowan Investigations are very knowledgeable in verifying background information returned by our data resource contractors. In addition, our New Jersey Private Detective in charge of the Cowan Investigations Intelligence Division enjoys an extremely close relationship with our data resource companies. Many times, these data resource contractors will spend hours on the phone assisting our Background Private Investigator in the conduct of her searching and analysis.
In addition, Cowan Investigations has the ability to process Criminal History Background Investigations through the New Jersey State Police. The ability to obtain Criminal History Records from the New Jersey State Police is particularly important for our New Jersey Private Detectives in providing services for Litigation Support, Criminal Investigations, New Jersey Child Custody Investigations as well as a myriad of other inquiries.
The Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator who heads our Intelligence Division is an expert at providing fast and accurate results during Asset Searches. Asset searches are conducted for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to Due Diligence Investigations, Divorce Related Investigations such as Pendente Lite Motions and or Alimony and Cohabitation Investigations. The Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Agency has the very best resources to obtain as accurate and complete Asset Results as possible.
Do not go into a divorce blind, contact Cowan Investigations and our New Jersey Private Detective overseeing our Intelligence Division will work to find out where the money is buried.
People often believe acquiring of banking information from another is illegal. In most instances you would be right to believe this type of financial snooping by a New Jersey Private Investigator would be improper. However, there are allowances made in where a New Jersey Private Detective can acquire financial information for our Clients. The exception to the rule is for those having a legal interest (also known as standing) in procurement of otherwise private asset information.
As a Client of Cowan Investigations, you will have no worries that your bank, brokerage firm or the subject of the search will be communicated with by our New Jersey Private Investigator. The Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detective will never pretext to obtain financial information. Using proprietary software, the New Jersey Private Detective is able to legally locate hidden assets like no other investigation firm is able to.
The moment you perceive your marriage is going to end in divorce, it is crucial that you play your cards close to your chest. It is important that you proceed with the attitude that your spouse may be hiding marital assets. If you are wrong, no harm, no foul, write it off to your performing required due-diligence.
Your very first action should be to Contact a New Jersey Private Investigators at the New Jersey based Cowan Investigations. If your spouse has hidden assets, our New Jersey Private Detectives will do our best to locate that marital property. Our New Jersey hidden bank account and brokerage search under the right conditions can locate most bank accounts in New Jersey and nationwide as well. Best of all, the party who is the subject will never know that you are searching for their hidden bank and brokerage accounts.
Regrettably, our New Jersey Private Detective Agency cannot guarantee a one-hundred percent success rate in searching out every account a person or business may hold, no straightforward private investigator would stipulate such assurances. However, our New Jersey Private Detective Agencies methods are tried and true, our private investigators have demonstrated effectiveness and reliability than any other New Jersey Private Detectives.
Employee Misconduct Investigations
As an employer, you often discover that some of the people who are working for you often know your place of business as well as you do. Corrupt employees will know how to take advantage of your business despite the precautions you put into place. In recent times, companies not only need to be concerned about theft of physical assets, but often an even more valuable loss to an organization
is the theft of time. Recently our New Jersey Private Investigator Firm has found that the theft of time has become more prevalent in both the public and private sector.
In Jersey City where I had been the Chief of Police, Steven Fulop’s Administration replaced me with a Chief who was subsequently prosecuted by federal prosecutors for a theft of time scheme. This prosecution was in conjunction with a wider federal investigation of a theft of time scandal in the Police Off-Duty Job Program which was under the authority and supervision of Mayor Fulop’s Hand Picked Public Safety Director Jim Shea. Of note, in late 2013 Fulop had Public Safety Director James Shea in charge of overseeing the massive off duty jobs program in the Jersey City Police Department. Under Shea’s supervision the Off-Duty Job System was riddled with corruption, until federal investigators stepped in and charged multiple officers who were stealing time under Director Jim Shea’s Watch.
The crimes committed by the former Police Chief were really not that complicated. The Police Chief who had been selected by Mayor Fulop just didn’t show up for work at a high crime public housing project. The Chief would put his put pay sheets in at the Jersey City Housing Authority, and the Housing Authority would pay the Chief for a police detail he did not show up for. But hey, it is good to be a Deputy Chief. It also helped that the Chief’s Political Benefactor was Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea who had oversaw the Off-Duty Job System.
During this corruption, against my recommendations Shea had kept in place an antiquated system that permitted and even encouraged theft of time from the Jersey City Housing Authority. This corrupt system was permitted to continue, despite Former Jersey City Police Chief Bob Cowan (owner, Cowan Investigations) raising warning flags about the corruption being allowed to continue unabated at the Housing Authority Police Details. Primary among the issues Cowan Investigations owner Bob Cowan had raised to Public Safety Director James Shea was that Shea had been letting Off Duty Officers to be paid directly by the Housing Authority instead of directly through the City Payroll System, this was a clear violation of well-established New Jersey Law. Another issue raised Cowan was the lack of accountability that the Jersey City Public Safety Director had permitted to remain in place, this was not an exclusive list.
That this theft of time had been permitted to exist at the Jersey City Low-Income Housing Projects under Fulop Administration was sad. It was sad because the victims of this “employee theft” were the low-income families who were living and trying to maintain some sort of quality of life in a violent and drug infested high crime area. Residents of these housing projects deserved the police protection the Jersey City Housing Authority was paying for, but the residents never received this protection.
Cowan Investigations Owner Bob Cowan never theorize about confronting employee theft and corruption. In the New Jersey Private Investigator’s thirty-five-year law enforcement career, Cowan walked the walk, and fought against corruption in his own police department. If you need a New Jersey Private Detective Agency that knows the system, Cowan Investigations is the New Jersey Private Investigator Firm for you.
Sexual Harassment Investigations
The Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Firm are experts at conducting Sexual Harassment and Hostile Workplace Investigations. The private investigators at the Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detective Agency are all qualified to conduct investigations related to to claims of New Jersey Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environments.
Cautionary note, if you are looking for a New Jersey Private Detective Agency that will cover up evidence of Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environments by skewing interviews, Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Agency for you. However, if you are seeking a New Jersey Private Investigator to conduct an objective, fair and competent investigation into Sexual Harassment and or a Hostile Work Environment with the GOAL OF OBTAINING THE TRUTH, the Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detective Agency is standing by waiting to hear from you.
New Jersey Private Investigators for Employee Theft and other Misconduct
If your business is being victimized by any sort of employee theft or other misconduct, the New Jersey Private Investigators at Cowan Investigations are here for you. Our New Jersey Private Detectives have investigated a wide and varied collection of employee misconduct cases. The New Jersey Private detectives at Cowan investigations are available twenty-four-hours a day, seven days a week and three hundred and sixty-five days a year. All you have to do is take the first step by contacting the New Jersey Private Detectives at Cowan Investigations, consultation is always free.
Litigation Support and Criminal Investigations
The Cowan Investigation New Jersey Private Detective Agency has assisted attorney and private citizens in obtaining information to support their litigation needs. In addition, Cowan Investigations has assisted Defense Attorneys in investigations from major crimes to Marital based Civil Litigation.
New Jersey Private Investigator for Litigation Support
The New Jersey Private Investigators at Cowan Investigations have successfully secured witness statements for attorneys in high profile criminal matters. These statements were often secured by our New Jersey Private Detectives in support of the legal representation of the attorneys for their client, both in criminal matters and civil matters.
The Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Agency has often worked closely with attorneys representing clients in marital issues. Our New Jersey Private Detectives have been successful in obtaining overwhelming evidence in New Jersey Child Custody Investigations. Some of the highlights of the evidence secured by our Private Detectives during Child Custody Investigations includes, but are not limited to:
- The Subject of our Investigation was found residing in a seedy hotel room with an ex-con boyfriend believed to have a proclivity for children. According to the Court, the Subject was NOT to have the children around this individual. The Subject of the Investigation denied the relationship; however, video does not lie.
- In the New Jersey Child Custody Investigation referenced in Number 1. Our private detectives secured evidence that the couple were keeping a gas-powered leaf blower inside the one room hotel accommodations.
- During another Child Custody Investigation our New Jersey Private Detectives were able to video document a subject participating in multiple hand to hand drug transactions in a large Northern New Jersey City.
In addition, our private investigators also secured video which captured a use of suspected narcotics by the Subject of the Child Custody Investigation.
- During another New Jersey Child Custody Investigation our private detectives were able to secure video of a parent leaving a young child alone in a car while the parent walked a significant distance away in a crowded city.
Because of this neglect of the child by the parent, the Cowan Investigations Private Investigator had the good judgement to realize the danger the child was in. The private detective could not just stand by to video record the incident. The New Jersey Private Investigator sprang into action in order to ensure the safety of the child, the Private Detective immediately responded to the car where the child had been left to ensure for the child’s well-being. At the time the private investigator arrived at the vehicle, he found the child to be strapped into his car seat crying. When the child observed the private detective outside the car, the child became even more upset. The private investigator waited by the car in order to ensure the safety of the child until the parent arrived back. Upon seeing the private investigator, the parent became incensed and started screaming at the private detective who quickly identified himself as a “Good Samaritan” an left the area.
- In another Child Custody Investigation, Cowan Investigation New Jersey Private Detectives were able to document the Subject participating with an underage child with the illegal possession of alcohol. In that same investigation we were also able to document neglective behavior as well as drinking and driving.
- In a New Jersey Cohabitation Investigation, our private investigators were able to document teenage children left unsupervised for long periods of time while the mother disappeared with a boyfriend. Our New Jersey Private detective document multiple times the mother was at the boyfriend’s home staying overnight and partying while the teenagers were left home alone
New Jersey Private Investigator for Criminal Investigations and Civil Investigations
Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Agency is a go private investigation firm for New Jersey Criminal Attorneys. The depth of the knowledge, skills and abilities possessed by the retired High Ranking New Jersey Law Enforcement Officers is unsurpassed by any other New Jersey Private Detective Agency. Cowan Investigations has provided the following services in order to assist attorneys and Clients.
- Litigation Support provided by our private detectives in several alleged New Jersey Sexual Assaults Cases.
- Investigation of several suspicious deaths occurring in New Jersey. The investigations included but were not limited to the following. Communication with County Prosecutors, Regional Medical Examiners officers as well as Local Police Agencies. In addition, our New Jersey Private Investigators also reviewed and analyzed reports, evaluated if proper procedures were followed as well as assisting in obtaining information and retrieval of property worth tens of thousands of dollars.
- Cowan Investigations provided Litigation Support through the providing of polygraph examinations by our Licensed New Jersey Private Investigator. The polygraph examinations are available for most types of investigations including high-profile New Jersey Criminal Investigations.
- Our New Jersey Private Detective Agency has secured witness statements in high profile sexual assault cases
- Providing background analysis for defendants in a New Jersey Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Allegations.
- Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigators conducted an entire New Jersey Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Investigation for an employer with two New Jersey brick and mortar businesses. This Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Investigation included a comprehensive report with findings and recommendations that would be consistent with New Jersey State and Federal Law.
- The Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detective Agency secured video statements from alleged victims, witnesses and alleged perpetrator in a large scale Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Investigation.
- Our New Jersey Private Detective Agency working for Clients has received the cooperation of several New Jersey County Prosecutors Office and local police departments in to assist our Clients. Our assistance was successful in the retrieval of valuable property as well as much needed information for victims and survivors of criminal acts.
- Cowan Investigations Private Investigator Agency has provided Litigation Support to attorneys with the securing of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Driver Records. Cowan Investigations has obtained Registration information, driver abstract, driver residence history, this is not an exclusive list.
- Cowan Investigations Private Detective Agency has provided Litigation Support to attorneys by the providing of New Jersey State Police Criminal History Information.
- Cowan Investigations also provides Litigation Support to attorneys by the conducting of asset searches for use in litigation
Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Agency was formed in May of 2016. The Private Detective Agency was created by Bob Cowan who is the former Chief of Police in Jersey City, New Jersey. Bob Cowan had spent his entire thirty-five-year law enforcement career on the Jersey City Police Department, beginning in 1979. Jersey City has the Second Largest Municipal Police Department in the State of New Jersey. Beginning in 1988, Bob Cowan began his rise in the Jersey City Police Department supervisory hierarchy. In 1988 Bob was first promoted to sergeant and served in varied supervisory capacities for twenty-six more years being promoted four more times until his retirement in 2014.
A review of the Media Page on the Cowan Investigations Website https://cowaninvestigations.com/media/ will reveal Bob Cowan was not an administrative pencil pusher during his thirty-five-year career, but was in fact a street cop.
Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Agency can help if your employees are utilizing their work internet service to gamble online, conduct stock trades, shop, or surf the web for pornograph.
Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detective Agency can help if there is a theft of financial files or intellectual property from your computers….
Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Agency can assist should there be a deletion of files from your computers
Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Detective Agency can help if your significant other is engaging in an affair online
Cowan Investigations New Jersey Private Investigator Agency can recover and document illicit online activities, Such as E-mail recovery, Internet history, Financial file recovery, USB activity, Deleted files recovered. All evidence documented and continuity maintained. Discreet mobile service is available at your location or at our forensics laboratory.
Cell Phone Forensics and Debugging
During a mobile device forensic examination Our New Jersey Private Detectives can recover and examine certain files on a cell phone. Afterwards a detailed forensic report is prepared by our private investigator and provided to the Client. This service can be performed discreetly at your location with our mobile vehicle or in our forensic laboratory.
Chat Application Files
Contact Cowan Investigations for all of your investigative needs, consultation is always free.