During his decorated 25 year career as a New Jersey State Trooper, James D. South held assignments at state police road stations including the New Jersey Turnpike, as a supervisor of detectives in the Criminal Investigations Unit and Internal Affairs Unit. Mr. South also supervised the Shooting Response Team stationed in Camden, NJ. Mr. South has acted in a supervisory or investigative capacity for every manner of crime, including financial crimes, burglaries, sex crimes, armed robberies, and homicides. Mr. South also supervised Homeland security details at designated critical infrastructure sites including the Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant, Metlife Stadium, the Meadowlands Arena as well as Newark Penn Station.
Mr. South has an extensive educational background that includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickenson University and numerous certifications relating to both security and investigative fields. See a full list of our employees certifications here.
While a member of the New Jersey State Police, Mr. South lectured on a local, state and national level. Mr. South continues to provide training to corporations, government agencies, universities, houses of worship, as well as the New Jersey State Bar Association.
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 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.
Krissinda Palmer began working in the Professional Investigation field in 2014, as an investigative analyst for Dirigo Investigations, LLC, in Brunswick, Maine. Ms. Palmer has a prodigious educational background, completing her Bachelor of Arts in both Criminology and Psychology at the University of Southern Maine. During her undergraduate career, Ms. Palmer earned internships in various sectors of the law enforcement field, including Professional Investigations (Dirigo Investigations, LLC.), Incarceration (Long Creek Youth Development Center), and Investigations (U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations). Ms. Palmer completed her Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University Newark, where she received the Richard J. Hughes Award for highest achievement, as well as the Academic Excellence Award, and the Ralph J. Bunche Fellowship. Ms. Palmer’s area of expertise in academia was violence against women, which resulted in her being published in Feminist Criminology. She has been involved with many other research projects, and has also been published in Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Justice Quarterly.
Kelly Dietz brings over 10 years of office management experience to Garrison Security Group and South & Associates. She earned a Bachelors degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY and a Master of Arts from Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York. Ms. Dietz has extensive experience in all aspects of office and business management from a variety of fields including retail, law, and small business. Ms. Dietz has been responsible for establishing and maintaining efficient procedures and organizational systems, coordinating with clients and coworkers across multiple locations (and countries), and managing staff. Ms. Dietz also has experience in search engine optimization, web design and maintenance.