About Our Company

Exemplary Leadership

Rooted in Law
Enforcement Excellence

Both South & Associates founders, Jeffrey G. Gale and James D. South are former members of the New Jersey State Police with extensive experience conducting and supervising all facets of criminal, administrative, and personal/confidential investigations. We have built a team that incorporates other law enforcement professionals with commensurate backgrounds and experience. In addition to our collective knowledge and experience, we have built an extensive network of associates through our membership in highly vetted professional
organizations, providing us with the ability to respond to investigative and security-related issues globally.

The South and Associates Team has developed an investigative proficiency others providing these services strive to duplicate. Our experience allows us to recognize that our clients often have only one opportunity to secure actionable information or to collect the critical evidence required to meet their investigative needs and to successfully resolve their cases. We have developed a reputation for meeting and exceeding these expectations, while remaining conscious of, and responsible with, client budgets and resources. With well over 125 years of collective investigative experience, and leveraging the highest quality investigative training, we set the bar within the investigative services community.

James and Jeffrey have committed their careers to investigating all matters in an exceptional manner, preparing clear and precise reports while keeping our client’s information strictly confidential.

A Pledge to Excellence
and Continuous Improvement

Our company, which started as a small New Jersey-based firm, has expanded licensed operations into three states. This list will continue to grow, and the strategic partnerships we have fostered nationally and internationally allow us to provide these services across the globe. Our growth is the result of our reputation for consistently providing exceptional services tailored to meet client needs and a marketing strategy that we find second to none… referrals passed on from client to client. Whether they be individuals, corporate clients, insurance companies or others, it is solely from the recommendations of our clients that our continuous expansion has been fueled.

The South and Associates Team requests that, in choosing an investigative team to handle your most important and confidential issues, you make sure your selection will ensure you receive the knowledge, experience, integrity, and professionalism you deserve!

In choosing to work with South and Associates, and Garrison Security Group, you are choosing to work with a family of like-minded people with strong values and a commitment to providing the highest quality of service. 

Our Commitment To You

At South and Associates, our mission extends beyond investigative services. We are dedicated to building a safer future through investigation, security planning, and an unwavering commitment to our clients' safety and confidentiality. Our team's collective experience in law enforcement, military operations, and administrative excellence sets us apart, enabling us to meet the complex needs of our clients with precision and reliability.

The South and Associates Team


President and Founder


Vice President

Joseph Herrity

Investigative/Security Consultant


Training Consultant


Investigative/Security Consultant


We work as a united team, utilizing all available Assets, in order to give our clients the highest quality service possible.


President and Founder

James South retired from the New Jersey State Police on February 11, 2011, after a successful and decorated 25 year career. During his career, James acquired extensive experience and training in the field of criminal investigations. His assignments to various New Jersey State Police road stations, as a supervisory member of the Criminal Investigation Office, and as a supervisor within the Office of Professional Standards expanded his experience and knowledge base in conducting a variety of investigations, in interview and interrogation techniques, and in providing courtroom testimony on the municipal, state and federal levels. The abilities acquired in the performance of these duties led to his assignment as a supervisory member of the Shooting Response Team, a task force formed to address gun-related crime in the City of Camden, one of the country’s most violent cities. This task force concentrated on rapid response to active shootings, quick identification and location of potential witnesses, and confiscation of illegal firearms.

While a member of the New Jersey State Police, and afterwards working in the private
sector, Mr. South has lectured on topics including Situational Awareness, Active Assailant in the Workplace, Investigation of gang-related and drug-related shootings and conducting Internal/Administrative Investigations.

In 2011, James formed South and Associates, LLC where he continues to utilize his 25 years of training and experience in the investigative field to benefit his clients in the public and private sector. The South and Associates list of clients includes Fortune 100 corporations, governmental agencies, universities, houses of worship, law firms, high net worth individuals, privately held global asset managers, pharmaceutical companies,
critical infrastructure sites, and supply chain logistics companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and has completed the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Infrastructure Disaster Management and Infrastructure Protection certificate programs. He believes that continuing education coupled with extensive experience is the cornerstone of a successful Investigative, Intelligence, Research and Consulting firm. In 2019, at the request of clients, he and his business partner formed the Garrison Security Group to provide professional security solutions for their extensive list of clientele.

Jeffrey G. Gale


Jeffrey Gale retired from the New Jersey State Police as Bureau Chief assigned to the Office of Professional Standards in 2011. He held the rank of Captain, and worked closely with the Office of the Attorney General. As Bureau Chief, he supervised five units responsible for receiving and classifying complaints, making disciplinary recommendations, and conducting inspections and audits to ensure members acted in compliance with all Division policies and regulations.

Earlier in his tenure with the State Police, he served as Assistant Bureau Chief of the Internal Affairs Investigation Bureau, directing the efforts of all investigators assigned throughout the state. He spent 18 years in a variety of uniformed assignments, including as Squad Supervisor managing Troopers assigned to patrol-related activities and as Unit Head of the Construction/Incident Management Unit for the NJ Turnpike. He received numerous letters of commendation from the Office of the Attorney General.

He has provided security for governmental officials (up to and including presidential details), provided and supervised Office of Homeland Security details at Newark International Airport, Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant, and other sites designated as critical infrastructure, and provided and supervised physical security for sporting events and concerts at large venues, including Metlife Stadium, the Meadowlands Arena, and Rutgers Stadium.

Joseph Herrity

Investigative/Security Consultant

Joseph Herrity brings over 35 years of combined military, law enforcement and investigative experience and most recently served as the AECOM Corporate Vice President for Security and Resilience Processes. His expertise includes developing and managing diversified corporate security and safety plans ranging from personnel and computer integrity to hard asset protective services. In addition, Mr. Herrity has authored emergency preparedness plans, International emergency evacuation plans, expatriate travel guides and country briefs. He has developed physical security, access control, computer security and loss prevention plans, conducted employee and management training for implementation of all plans, and participated in the evacuation of employees from hostile locations and countries.

Mr. Herrity established and supervised protective service details (PSD) and base security operations in hostile locations such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, conducting approximately 10,000 PSD sorties for individual trips/flights/missions totaling almost 2 million road miles, moving 19,800 employees and clients. All of these movements and base security operations were self-protected, without coalition forces for escort or protection. He also established an air bridge (rotary and fixed wing aircraft) that conducted hundreds of sorties between sites in northern, central and southern Iraq without sustaining a single casualty. Mr. Herrity is a U.S. Navy and Army veteran and has previously held clearances with the DOD T/S and other Agency T/S SCM with polygraph.

Andrea Craparotta

Training Consultant

Andrea Craparotta, a retired Captain, commenced her career in 1988 with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office after graduating from the Division of Criminal Justice Basic Investigator’s Academy where she received the award for highest academic average. In 1990, she joined the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office with assignment to the Narcotics Task Force. In 1998, Ms. Craparotta was assigned as a Task Force Officer with the Newark Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) where she received the Administrator’s Award for outstanding contributions to drug enforcement. In addition, Ms. Craparotta had assignment to Homicide, Sex Crimes, Child Abuse, Bias Crimes, Juvenile, Vertical Prosecution and Training Units. She also served as the Interim Director of Police at Middlesex County College.

Ms. Craparotta has a robust educational background. She has a Masters Degree in Education from Seton Hall University, a Certificate in Law Enforcement Executive Leadership from Rutgers University and a Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. In 2011, Ms. Craparotta graduated from FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and has two published statements that are contained within the FBI Academy Library. In addition, Ms. Craparotta has served as an adjunct faculty member for Rutgers University and Brookdale Community College, was a certified instructor with the Police Training Commission and a certified firearms instructor.

In 2000 and 2002, Ms. Craparotta testified before the United States Congress Subcommittee on Crime regarding her experiences as an undercover officer and the epidemic involving “Club Drugs”. In 2006 Ms. Craparotta was an invited participant at the Oxford Round Table on Criminal Law, at Oxford University, England.

With over twenty six years in the field of law enforcement, Ms. Craparotta has extensive experience in all aspects of criminal investigation including forensic interviewing and interrogation, surveillance, arrest, search and seizure, undercover operations and use of informants. Having performed as an undercover operative on hundreds of occasions for municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, she has been involved in all investigative levels of narcotic trafficking.

As a result of her undercover work, Ms. Craparotta has had appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, MSNBC Investigates, Inside Edition and more. She has also instructed narcotics officers working in high intensity drug trafficking areas on undercover operations and taught police recruits at the Division of Criminal Justice Basic Investigator’s Academy in Sea Girt, NJ. In addition, she has instructed classes on various aspects of law enforcement and crime prevention to sworn police officers, attorneys, educators and students throughout the tri-state area.

During her time spent at the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force and at Middlesex County College Police Department, Ms. Craparotta handled all operational and administrative duties associated with the assignments including staffing, supervision of daily investigative activities, operational plan review, personnel issues, training oversight and budgeting.

Ms. Craparotta served as the Training Coordinator for the Middlesex County Police Training Center, which provides in-service training to the 1800 sworn police officers of Middlesex County. In addition, she supervised the Bias Crimes Unit and the Outreach and Education Unit, which services the 800,000 citizens of Middlesex County, New Jersey.

Ms. Craparotta developed and presented “Active Shooter Preparedness” training to the faculty and staff at Middlesex County College, the United States District Courts of New Jersey and the United States Attorneys Offices in Newark, Trenton and Camden, New Jersey.

Ms. Craparotta is a Past President of the New Jersey Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association and is on the Executive Board of Directors for New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement.

Timothy M. Foley

Investigative/Security Consultant

Timothy M. Foley brings a wealth of experience as a retired U.S. Secret Service Agent, attorney, former head of security for a Fortune 500 energy company, and a consultant specializing in protest management and brand protection. His career includes extensive planning and management of national events, such as Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Presidential Inaugurations, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and the G-8 Summit.

In the private sector, he has developed and implemented security strategies for interstate oil and gas pipeline construction and conducted security assessments of critical infrastructure. His contributions to the Secret Service and private sector security have established him as a leader in security planning and policy.

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