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Thomas Cowan Bio

Thomas Cowan

Background Check Private Investigator Oak Ridge Estates

Mr. Thomas Cowan was appointed to the Jersey City Police Department in 1987 and after a 30 year career retired in 2018 at the rank of Deputy Police Chief. Thomas received extensive training and gained broad experience managing/supervising administrative, operational, tactical and investigative components of the second largest municipal police department in the state of New Jersey. Recognized with numerous awards, official commendations and letters of appreciation for service and leadership. Distinguished with top test scores on every promotional exam administered through the State of New Jersey Civil Service Commission.

Deputy Police Chief: Thomas was the Support Services Bureau Commander managing and leading a major division of the Jersey City Police Department. Responsible for several units including but not limited to the Bureau of Criminal Identification whose duties included crime scene management and evidence documentation, Coordination of Municipal Court Operations related to police, Megan’s Law administration and ensuring sexual offenders compliance with the applicable registration requirements, Police Communications, and processing the release of government public records under the Open Public Records Act. Reported directly to the Chief of Police.

Captain: Served as the Patrol Bureau Executive Officer; executive officer, second in command to Patrol Division Chief for in excess of 600 officer and civilian staff. Thomas was responsible for, among other assignments, developing/executing strategy and tactics for large -scale events at times involving multi-jurisdictional coordination. Liaised with various other municipal, county and state agencies.

Served in City-Command overseeing response to varied major events requiring coordination of initial response and investigative efforts. Served as the Officer in Charge of the Department in the absence of the Deputy Police Chief. In charge of on duty detectives.

Served as the Emergency Service Unit Commander. Managed emergency response to critical incidents via deployment of highly trained and highly skilled specialized tactical personnel.

Lieutenant: Supervised up to 75 officers in various police districts as Tour Commander. Responded to domestic violence events where state mandated established guidelines were applied for successful resolution of the events.

Selected by the New Jersey Department of Personnel as a subject matter expert to assist with the design and development of police lieutenant examinations. Directed ongoing investigations of major crimes occurring within his command. Recognized for exceptional leadership of shift personnel by Inspector in charge of 600 employees.

Sergeant: Served as Patrol Sergeant and Desk Sergeant throughout all police patrol facilities citywide. Consistently responded to Domestic Violence incidents and Child Custody Disputes making decisions on these and other serious criminal matters. Routinely interacted with the Division of Youth and Family Services.

Served as the Commander of Night Detectives while assigned to the evening shift citywide, this being the busiest shift for volume of calls requiring investigative efforts. Reported directly to the Captain on Duty. Coordinated, directed and participated with detectives response to complex investigations.

Police Officer: Began law enforcement career in 1987. Responded to all manner of calls for service necessitating the collection and preservation of items of evidentiary value. Conducted thousands of preliminary investigations and worked together with detectives to resolve cases.

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  • Avatar Megan Parker ★★★★★ a week ago
    I approached Cowan Investigations from out of state with a delicate situation that needed to be handled in NJ and Liz made me feel at ease and in good hands immediately! Both Liz and Bob reviewed my case and got back to be the same day … More with a great price and additional suggestions to make sure I was satisfied with the planning they had come up with. It was important to me for all parties involved in my case to feel comfortable and Liz and Bob definitely fit the bill! They took the time to gather all the information needed and completely exceeded my expectations. I originally chose to call Cowan Investigations because of the professional website and Bob's credentials, but it was the personal care and service that cemented their agency for me. Thanks again Liz!!
  • Avatar Tommy Musselman ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    I didn't personally have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Cowan but Liz was so incredibly efficient and professional!! Within hrs she had already gotten answers to a question that has tormented me for a long time.
    If you need ANY investigative
    … More work done trust Cowan. This was my 1st time dealing with an investigative service and I was best pleased!! 5 stars all the way! A special thank you to Liz. You're a dear and I will always remember your warmth, sympathy and professionalism. Always.
    Yours
    Tom
  • Avatar Anthony S ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Best of the Best!
    Worked with Bob during his tenure as the former Chief of the Jersey City Police Department. All I can say is that you will be getting what you pay for with this results driven company.
    A leader within the industry with
    … More over 34+ years in law enforcement as well as a proven track record of accomplishments in the field. If I needed a private investigator, Cowan Investigations would be my first choice, hands down.
  • Avatar Rae ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    I would highly recommend Cowan Investigations. From the time you speak to Liz on the phone until the time Bob is finished with the investigation you will always know what is going on, what is taking place, and what they found. You will … More be provided with detailed information and surveillance. Bob is very well trained in this field and will provide you with outstanding work. Both Bob and Liz are very compassionate and caring people and make you feel comfortable through the whole process. At the end of the investigation you’ll know that you have hired the right people for the job.
  • Avatar Jay White ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    As a retired Deputy Police Chief with the Jersey City Police Department I had the privilege of working with Bob Cowan for over 25 years.
    Bob is an honest and ethical professional who shows empathy towards people in unfortunate situations.
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    Bob’s objective analysis and evaluation of an issue enables him to address the true problem at hand.
    His strong analytical abilities coupled with thorough research and attention to detail make him an ideal private investigator.
    I know his clients will receive a comprehensive detailed report that will stand up in any hearing or court of law.
    Bob is a high caliber dedicated professional who will give it his all to address the issues at hand and achieve results.
  • A Google User ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    As a retired Deputy Police Chief with the Jersey City Police Department I had the privilege of working with Bob Cowan for over 25 years.
    Bob is an honest and ethical professional who shows empathy towards people in unfortunate situations.
    … More
    Bob’s objective analysis and evaluation of an issue enables him to address the true problem at hand.
    His strong analytical abilities coupled with thorough research and attention to detail make him an ideal private investigator.
    I know his clients will receive a comprehensive detailed report that will stand up in any hearing or court of law.
    Bob is a high caliber dedicated professional who will give it his all to address the issues at hand and achieve results.
  • Avatar Sarah V ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    I have been married for over 25 years, 2 years ago things just started not feeling right, I started having suspicions that my husband was cheating. I felt trapped, I was embarrassed to talk about it with anyone. I put up with feeling … More this way for two years.
    I began researching private investigators because I was fed up with being lied to and deceived, talked to like I was crazy. I called a few investigators but I did not feel comfortable, I felt like I was talking to used car salesmen. Just before I was going to give up I called Cowan Investigations. From the minute I began speaking to Liz Cowan I began to feel comfortable, she was very genuine, caring and knowledgeable on how to proceed. Liz set up a call with Bob who I immediately could tell was very experienced and knew how to proceed.
    Over a 4 day period Bob and Joe uncovered the evidence I needed to confront the lies and other deceptions I was subjected to, which let me make the decisions I needed to make for myself. Above all I was able to regain my self respect by getting the proof I needed.
    From time Liz answered the phone until Bob and Joe finished the investigation, I was overwhelmed by the professionalism and caring they displayed towards me and the investigation.
    Thanks again Liz, Bob and Joe, you’re the best
  • Avatar Fidel Hernandez ★★★★★ a year ago
    If there was a way to give this Gentleman ten stars, I would. Don't be mistaken by the use of the word "gentleman" he is a hound and he zeros in on the minutia of the investigation. He is a real detective with a extensive … More background in law enforcement.
    I thought that I had a really good understanding of my case and then I hired Bob Cowan. He exposed so many things that were hidden in plain sight that it blew my mind and consequently gave me much needed peace of mind.
    From the time he took my case, he kept in constant contact with me. All throughout, he explained things in way that I could understand. He was reassuring, professional and the best guy for the job!
    I am in the unenviable position of knowing what I am saying. It can and is, at times, overwhelming when you have to hire a private investigator. This usually arises from a traumatic experience and the reason why you should surround yourself with someone who knows what this experience fells like.
    I trust Bob Cowan and hope he continues to help others, like he helped me. I am grateful to have been referred to him! Thank you, Sir.
    And yes, I would be remiss if I didn't thank his wife Liz. She took my initial phone call and she knew I needed his help. She was warm and kind. Just what you need when you are faced with these situations...Thank you, Liz.
  • Avatar Susie K ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    I recently had the need to use a private investigator. After looking at several options, I decided to call Cowan Investigations. The decision to call them turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. I really like the fact that … More Mr. Cowan has a law enforcement background and is a former Chief of Police for Jersey City. After my first conversation with Liz Cowan I knew I had called the right people. She made me feel very comfortable when I answered all the questions she needed to get the facts regarding a very complicated situation. Liz is very thorough, caring, and very professional and usually available when I had questions. Liz and Bob make you, their priority. I NEVER had to worry if Mr. Cowan would be working on my case at the time I was promised. He was always at the location, on time, very descrete and went way above and beyond my expectations. I was informed of the progress on a daily basis and over a period of 4-5 days, had enough evidence to prove my case. The reports are very professionally written with dates and time stamped. It says a lot when my lawyer called Bob Cowan and complimented him on the great report he gave to my lawyer, to take to court. I feel the evidence gathered by Cowan Investigations and presented to the judge, by my lawyer, made a huge difference in the judge's decision. I met Mr. Cowan and shook his hand after I won the case. I highly recommend Cowan Investigations and will definitely use them again if needed. Thank you for all your hard work, you are the best!

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Hector Vargas
Hector Vargas
7 hours ago
amazing job being done for the community.
Bill Schaff
Bill Schaff
10 hours ago
We cannot thank Bob and Liz enough for helping us with a matter that was probably outside the realm of their normal practice. They were instrumental in assisting us in reaching out to an unscrupulous used car salesman. The individual wouldn't return our calls and obviously, did not wish to be found.Due to their tireless efforts and many phone calls, we were finally put in touch with him. With their help, the situation was fully resolved! They handled the situation with the utmost care and professionalism. We strongly recommend Cowan Investigations as they are very good at what they do!
Justin Delaney
Justin Delaney
March 18, 2018 ·
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Fidel H.
Fidel H.
2019-11-28 07:20:51
On this thanksgiving day, I can say that I am very grateful for the peace of mind this detailed investigator gave me. Not only did he provide me with the...