"Allied Detectives aims to provide Investigative and Consultancy Services, with integrity, respect, confidentiality and a total understanding of the client needs" 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. Realising that there were extensive benefits to joint working they merged their agencies together under a parent company Compasspoint Consultants Limited and now jointly trade as Allied Detectives.