Founders James South and Jeffrey Gale have been friends since childhood. They attended school together, and, upon graduating high school, enrolled in the State Police Academy. Both Jim and Jeff were with the State Police for over 25 years, pursuing different paths, but occasionally working assignments together. They were best man at each other’s weddings, raised their families together, and, upon retirement from the State Police, knew they wanted to be in business together as well. With their extensive experience, continuing to work in the field of investigation and security was an obvious choice. They founded South and Associates to be the investigative side, and Garrison Security Group to provide security services in 2011.
Since then, both Jim and Jeff have continued to seek out instruction and certifications that allow them to provide the most up-to-date and professional services for their clients. (See the full list of certifications.) Both businesses have continued to grow organically since their inception, including adding more team members with the same values. (See our Core Company Values below).
Joseph Herrity joined the companies in 2019, bringing over 35 years of military, law enforcement and investigative experience. Joe has extensive international, government, and defense contract experience and has worked on (almost) every continent. Kelly Dietz was brought on board in 2018 as our Director of Administration. With over 10 years of office management experience, she is our resident expert on Trackops - the client portal that allows us to share reports, scheduling details, and keep our clients fully informed on the status of their cases.
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.
At Garrison you can count on a high level of training and professionalism. From Executive Protection to Disaster Management and Patrol Services, we bring our expertise to any situation.
Resilience is paramount to providing you with the best protection, which is why we are always ready to quickly adapt to changing situations. You can trust that Garrison will be vigilant and highly responsive.
We will always strive for excellence and that includes being open to new methods and the most up to date techniques. At Garrison we are continuously seeking out new training opportunities and certifications that can help us, help you. For a list of our current certifications, click here.