After graduating from Bishop Eustace Preparatory High School in Pennsauken Township, NJ and receiving the prestigious Jack Bristow Memorial Scholar Athlete Award, Nicole Cusanelli attended St. Joseph’s University on an NCAA Division 1 Cross-Country and Track Scholarship. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and went on to work as an Educational Coordinator with Cornell–Abraxas Group at the Bensalem Youth Development Correctional Facility, a secure detention facility for troubled youth. Before becoming a member of the New Jersey State Police, she worked several years for the City of Philadelphia Probation and Parole Department. During her time there she was responsible for maintaining and supervising the caseloads of be-tween 100 and 400 probationers in several units including the Government Fraud Unit, the Alcohol/Highway Safety Unit, the Accelerated Rehabilitation Unit, and the General Supervision Unit.
Following graduating from the New Jersey State Police Academy and becoming a State Trooper, Nicole was active for many years as a general road trooper assigned to several stations throughout Southern New Jersey where she conducted hundreds of criminal and accident investigations. During her patrol of the New Jersey Turnpike, she was responsible for effecting a motor vehicle stop where her capture, investigation, and testimony led to the successful prosecution of three homicide suspects wanted in Seminole County, Florida.
While working as a trooper, Nicole also attained her Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources Training and Development at Seton Hall University and was inducted into KAPPA DELTA PI, the National Honor Society in Education. During her assignments to the various patrol stations, Nicole was handpicked by the Division to be detached to several units including the Camden, New Jersey Anti-Crime Partnership, the Applicant Investigation Unit, and assignment to the New Jersey State Police Academy. She was appointed to serve on the elite Executive Protection Unit responsible for providing personal security for Governor Jon S. Corzine and ultimately, the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton, which included details as far statewide as the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. Nicole has been trained and certified in several areas including Critical Incident Command System, Advanced Firearms Combat, Instructor Training, and Interview and Interrogation.
In 2008, Nicole was honored by being inducted into the Hall of Fame for Bishop Eustace Prep High School where she had earned eleven varsity letters, was named MVP four times, was the New Jersey state champion in the 3200 meters, along with holding several school records, and was named the 1988 Female Scholar Athlete of The Year.
After her career with the New Jersey State Police, Nicole also managed AC Collections including performing “skip tracing”, internet and credit reports to successfully locate and manage debt recovery. In addition to recently becoming the co-owner and publisher of Unsolved Magazine & PI Magazine, Nicole currently oversees the civil complaint cases research and data collection project at the Camden Superior Court of NJ for LexisNexis.
Jim Nanos is a retired sergeant who worked with the Wildwood New Jersey Police Department for over 28 years. His assignments included many years as a detective heading some of the area’s largest narcotics & homicide investigations. Jim worked undercover with the and supervised his agency’s juvenile unit for several years. He was assigned to the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness as a counter terrorism investigator post 9/11 where he participated in high-profile, sensitive investigations related to the state’s counter-terrorism efforts.
Jim is also an 18-year U.S. Coast Guard reservist having been deployed after the 9/11 attack to Ground Zero for six months. He also was deployed for an additional six months to provide security at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and an additional four months forward deployed overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After retirement, Jim was recruited by Covenant Security Services. Holding the title of Director of Training and Compliance, he oversaw more than three-thousand armed and unarmed security professionals assigned to many Fortune 100 companies nationwide. He also oversaw the implementation of security functions and compliance at dozens of petro-chemical facilities related to governmental requirements and regulations.
In early 2011, Jim formed Apple Investigations and Consulting which has continued to grow, providing investigative support services to high-profile attorney firms in New Jersey. Apple specializes in complicated surveillance operations, provides surveillance support to other private investigative firms in New Jersey, and is recognized as one of New Jersey’s leading investigative firms.
In addition to specializing in surveillance operations with his private investigations firm, Jim conducted federal background investigations as a sub-contractor, providing security clearance investigative efforts for several three-letter federal agencies for both initial employment and secondary security clearances.
Jim has been a frequent presenter at conferences on the topics of surveillance and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS-DRONES) and has been featured in segments of 20/20, America Tonight and several national trade magazines. He has been recognized as an expert in the field of surveillance and drone use.
Jim resides in Cape May County New Jersey and is the proud father of two young ladies, both of whom have gone into the field of education.