James D. South, C.H.P.P.

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, New Jersey. 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 Power Station, 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 G. Gale, C.H.H.P.

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 New Jersey 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 Power Station, 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 SHI Stadium (Rutgers University).

Joseph Herrity

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 the 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, and missions totaling almost 2 million road miles, moving 19,800 employees and clients.

All of these movements and base security operations were self-protected and 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 Department of Defense (DOD) T/S and other agency T/S SCM with polygraph.

Timothy M. Foley

Tim Foley is a retired U.S. Secret Service agent, attorney, and former head of security for a Fortune 500 energy company, and a consultant specializing in protest management and brand protection.

He has extensive experience planning for and managing protest actions at National Special Security Events as both an agent and agency attorney. Tim was appointed principal federal official for the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

In the private sector, he has developed and successfully implemented plans, training, and procedures for the management of protest actions against interstate oil and gas pipeline construction and conducted security assessments of critical infrastructure, manufacturing facilities, hotels, office buildings, and executive residences.

Tim began his U.S. Secret Service career in 1987 in his hometown of Chicago.

In 1993, he was selected to serve as an agent/attorney in the Secret Service’s Office of the Chief Counsel where he provided legal advice to the director and senior staff and represented the Secret Service in court and congressional hearings.

In 1996, he returned to more traditional agent duties with the Presidential Protective Division where he developed and implemented security plans for the President and First Family at sites around the world.

In 2001, he was promoted to the position of Special Agent in charge of the Office of the Chief Counsel.

In 2004, Tim was transferred to Houston, Texas, where he was selected for appointment to the federal government’s Senior Executive Service and assigned as the Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service Houston Field District.

Tim has participated in the planning and operation of numerous National Special Security Events such as Democratic and Republican National Conventions, three presidential inaugurations, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and the G8 Summit.

He also served as a Secret Service representative to the Transition Planning Office during the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and as the chair of the use of force policy committee for the new department.

Tim is a graduate of the Loyola University Chicago and the DePaul University – College of Law.

Krissinda Palmer, M.A.

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.

Holly Hoff

Holly has joined the Garrison Security Group Team and currently is the manager of the accounting department. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Rutgers University. Prior to joining the Garrison Security Group team, Holly was a software programmer for the state of New Jersey attorney general’s office. Holly is responsible for the day-to-day operations for the accounting department.

Certifications and Affiliations

Jim and Jeff have continued to seek out helpful instruction courses and certifications. Continuing their education allowed them to provide the most up‑to‑date and professional services for their clients. Today, they hold the following certifications:

  • Certified Fraud Examiner and Associate Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Certified Homeland Protection Professional, The American College of Forensic Examiners Institute
  • Certified in Risk Analysis and Management of Critical Asset Protection, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Certified Protection Professional, American Society for Industrial Security International
  • Member, American Society of Safety Engineer

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