About Southern Cross Investigations
Southern Cross Investigations provides investigative services to members of the public, corporate clients, insurance companies and various Government departments.
We have surveillance and factual Investigators based permanently in Melbourne, Geelong, Canberra, Brisbane & Gold Coast, who have unique knowledge in their region of operation. We serve all major metro areas in Australia.
Our Investigators hold Diplomas in Public Safety and Policing Practice as well as Certificates in Security & Risk Management and Investigative Services.
Josh Ercoli, the Company Principal, is a former member of Victoria Police with 12 years’ experience. He was a decorated officer with a distinguished career, including service in covert operations, criminal investigations, special operations, intelligence and surveillance. Josh has personally conducted over 500 investigations for the public sector including many protracted and complex briefs resulting in lengthy criminal convictions. In addition, Josh holds a diploma of Public Safety (Policing), a Certificate III in Investigative Services and a Certificate IV in Government Investigations.
Southern Cross Investigations is an equal opportunity employer with a number of female surveillance specialists.
We are a full-service investigation business providing a diverse range of investigations including but not limited to, corporate investigations, fraud investigations, insurance investigations, and workcover investigations.
We would like to acknowledge the excellent results you have provided Council in the identification of an individual who has systematically been vandalising various properties within Council’s area of responsibility over a long period of time. Council will be moving forward with legal action under the By Laws code and we anticipate the resultant news coverage will be a significant deterrent to others who may be inclined to such activity. When we were first approached with the idea of using surveillance investigators to watch assets at high risk of vandalism, we were a little skeptical, because of our investment in CCTV cameras, but the results produced by Southern Cross Investigations has proven to us there is very much a benefit in utilising your investigations team.
We are very appreciative of the outstanding results Southern Cross Investigations has produced for us from what we know was a very challenging and complex assignment. The performance and professionalism of your investigators was of the highest standard we have encountered over our years in using investigation services, and is a credit to you and your staff. You can be assured Southern Cross Investigations will be our first point of contact moving forward for surveillance investigations from now on.
A short note to thank you and your team for helping Council resolve the very difficult issues we faced with now former members of our staff. The work your investigators undertook was extraordinary and clearly showed our suspicions were correct. We very much appreciated your close liaison with us and support through a very difficult time. Should the need for services of your type arise again, we will not hesitate to contact you.
I wanted to personally acknowledge the outstanding work you and your investigations team has done in identifying, without dispute, who those employees were who had been stealing from us over a long period of time. Our only wish is that we had contacted you sooner. A job well done, and our best wishes.
Investigating an allegation of employee misconduct and related potential criminal offences – 2016
Description of the client’s needs:
Southern Cross Investigations undertook a discreet investigation into a security firm’s operations at one of the largest universities in NSW*. The investigation was in relation to an allegation of employee misconduct and related potential criminal offences.
Approach and delivery of the project:
Southern Cross Investigations worked closely with the security firm and the university to develop a detailed plan in order to undertake the investigation which was considered highly sensitive at the time. Our lead investigator for the project had a strong history of quality professional investigations coupled with her sound corporate liaison capability. Several typed interviews were conducted with 8 staff members and the systems and processes were analysed for inconsistencies.
Outcomes and benefits delivered:
A comprehensive report was compiled which detailed the findings of the investigation and included evidence-based recommendations. A summary redacted version of the report was also compiled for dissemination to external stakeholders who had an interest in the overall outcome of the investigation.
*The actual names of the security firm and the university in this investigation have been withheld due to confidentiality purposes.
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