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Allied Detectives was the brainchild of Neil Sheppard and Jorge Salgado-Reyes, both of whom run successful Investigation agencies. Trident Investigations and Salgado Investigations were both formed in 2006 after long and successful commercial investigation careers by their founder members.
Neil and Jorge first met each other in 2001 while working for a large national company where they both had regional roles within the Fraud Investigation & Loss Prevention Department, Jorge based at the London Head Office and Neil at the National Operations Centre in Birmingham. They temporarily lost contact when both left the company to pursue other opportunities until by a curious synchronicity; they both attended the World Association of Professional Investigators annual banquet in October 2006 and discovered that they had each started their own agencies earlier the same year.
For the next three years, Neil and Jorge increasingly worked closer together on surveillance operations, corporate investigations and training courses. Partnership working had its benefits and both companies were working together on an ever increasing basis. Through natural progression both agencies standardised their working practices and procedures until the difference between the two agencies was minimal.
In 2007 they collaborated and co-founded the UK's 1st "open" private investigator forum, e-Legal-Gathering.co.uk assisting other agencies and start-ups in to the benefits of co-operation and joint working.
Uriah was born in Jamaica and educated at Oberlin High School, after leaving school he took employment with the Ministry of Agriculture at the Castleton Botanical Gardens from 1977-1980.
He then followed in his father’s footsteps and withholding the family tradition joined the Jamaica Constabulary Force (District Constable) where he served in various roles, the last three years before his departure was spent working in the (CID) Criminal Investigation Department where he honed his investigative skills.
1990 he was bitten by the travel bug and made the decision to migrate to the UK. He was immediately approached by the Metropolitan Police Service and invited to join through their fast track system but he wanted to venture into something new and so declined their offer. He then took a job at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London as a Museum Security Assistant, with his gardening and security experience this prove to be the right choice and he spent 7½ rewarding and enjoyable years there before moving in 1998 to join the security contract at Goldman Sachs European headquarters in London.
For 14½ years he filled many varied supervisory and management roles with a number of security companies on that contract, when Goldman Sachs started to scale back its UK security requirements he started to look in the area of investigation of a new challenge and when he saw the opportunity to purchase www.allieddetectives.co.uk he did so and formed Allied Detectives Ltd.
A career in investigation was never out of his thoughts and during the years working at the Museum and at Goldman Sachs he set up Bennett Investigation Services but was not able to commit enough time to this venture so after a short spell was discontinued.
Uriah also worked part time with Summons and Warrants UK Ltd as a Warrants Officer, a job which included executing Court issued Warrants and Summons obtained by various Councils for none payment or default on payment of Poll tax and Council tax.
Over the years he embarked on training programmes and completed, The Medina School of Private Investigations study course standard and advanced (certificate), certificated course in Accident and Investigation (TDC), Edexcel BTEC Advanced Private Investigation level 3 marked “Passed with Distinction”
The challenge now is to develop Allied Detectives into global brand in a competitive market whilst adhering to our usual commitments of integrity, respect, confidentiality and a total understanding of the client needs.
Jorge was born in Chile and came over to the UK aged 7. Having spent his formative years in the UK and Mozambique, Jorge became tri-lingual, speaking fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese.
As a result of his language skills, he went to work in the family business as an interpreter but his true love was that of the private investigator. Not having had a classical private investigator background, Jorge knew that the only way into the industry was to take the corporate route. He started off as a Security Officer and then a Store Detective working for various high street retail stores until he became a Security Manager for a leading high street book seller and then various roles as a Senior Retail Loss Prevention Investigator.
Having had 16 years in retail fraud investigations, Jorge had enough of working for other people and in April 2006, started his own private investigator agency specialising in corporate investigations, surveillance, process serving and tracing. Jorge is a founder member of e-LEGAL | Gathering, an online discussion forum for private investigators.
Jorge has a Diploma in Private Investigations and Investigative Interviewing and an Edexcel BTEC Advanced Private Investigation Level 3 Diploma marked "Passed with Distinction". He is currently serving on WAPI's Governing Council in Electronic Media for the fourth year running and is a Co-author of the British Process Servers Guide.
Now Jorge is preparing to take over overall running of the external aspects of Salgado Investigations for South America.
Neil served as a Military Police Officer from 1988 - 2001. Assignments and Investigations have taken him across globe. After leaving the forces he took his training and experience and embarked on a career in Retail Security Management and Investigation.
This role quickly turned in to a Regional Position with a remit stretching over a widespread portfolio of department stores. He then parted company with this employer and moved to a well known National Company within the Security and Fraud Investigation Department firstly based in Birmingham. Also whilst here he fulfilled the role of covert surveillance specialist working on major operations with various police forces on crime prevention and reduction initiatives and anti-car crime squads. He also was a member of the Birmingham Crime Prevention Panel which dealt with city issues at the highest levels.
He later moved with promotion in to the West London Head Office where he became the manager of a a multi-site contact with 25 sites. He fulfilled this particular role for 15 months turning the project from a loss maker in to a £3.6M p.a operation before again being promoted internally and moving on to manage a £4.2million project on the south coast with 30 sites.
The project was very challenging with enforcement, revenue protection, audit, cash in transit, physical security and contract management issues to contend with. The project was a groundbreaking Public Private Partnership (PPP) and the first of it's kind on this scale and has since become the template for others to follow. At the 18 month point he announced his decision to leave the project and assisted in the recruitment and training of his replacement.
He resisted the temptation of a further project in the South and moved back to the Midlands where he initially began as a self employed Security and Investigative Consultant. Within weeks he secured a position as an Associate Partner of one of the countries top accountancy firms, within their Business Integrity and Fraud Investigations Department.
Neil is currently a full member of WAPI and the ABI and is located at the Central Regional Offices on the Northamptonshire and Warwickshire border.