Torres Protection Group is a boutique Investigations and security firm offering a broad spectrum of investigative and protection services to corporate, government, and private sector entities.
Our investigative service model is designed to provide information to attorneys, risk managers, insurance adjusters and other individuals in order to assist in making correct choices affecting their respective organization. Our protection service model includes one of the most highly regarded executive protection programs in the nation, providing executive protection specialists personally trained by our founder and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, Rafael Torres.
The staff at Torres Protection Group is comprised of former military and law enforcement professionals. Their extensive experience in dignitary protection and investigations, brings unparalleled professionalism, ethics, and integrity to our profession.
This diverse experience gives Torres Protection Group a unique managerial team with a broad operational perspective. Talent drawn from military and law enforcement ensures our team is exceptionally trained, and experienced, in all aspects of security and investigations.
Founder And President
Rafael Torres, founder and President of Torres Protection Group, is active in the overall direction and growth of the organization, managing the firm’s daily operations, and actively working with clients and investigative/security personnel. Prior to founding Torres Protection Group, Torres spent 14 years as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, where he acquired extensive investigative and security experience. Mr. Torres has wide-ranging investigative experience, and has headed several high profile investigations during his tenure with the U.S. Secret Service, both within the U.S and abroad.
Additionally, Mr. Torres has provided security for U.S. Presidents, former Presidents and visiting Heads of States, and has participated in major domestic security events as well as several International protection assignments.
Kasey Cosley manages accounts services. Attention to detail and customer satisfaction is second nature to Kasey. Prior to joining Torres Protection Group, Kasey worked as an Account Executive at several companies, including Raintree Media and Zahn Dental Company.
Kasey utilizes her talent and skill to deliver quality service to the TPG client. Kasey holds Degrees in Public Relations and Commercial Writing, and enjoys interfacing on social media for TPG. Family values are high at TPG, and time with her two sons completes her love for life. Kasey's interests in Yoga, Gardening and Aviation contribute to her many personal talents.
|Matt Bywaters has 19 years of law enforcement and investigative experience and obtained his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Florida State University in 1992. Matt has been a FL licensed investigator since 1995 and a former insurance adjuster who brings an insider's perspective to surveillance and investigations. Matt is considered an expert in the field of surveillance.|
|Kevin has 27 years of investigative experience as a police officer, security contractor for the Department of Defense, and a private investigator specializing in insurance fraud and criminal defense. He received drug interdiction and crime scene investigations certifications from the Institute of Police Technology, University of North Florida, and certification in investigative techniques and child abuse and exploitation, at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, in Glynco, Georgia.
|Luis Linares has ten years experience in investigations and security and is a certified instructor with the NRA and ASP. Linares experience includes working executive protection on high profile details including Vice Presidential Candidate Rep. Dick Gephardt, Security Lead Billboard Music Awards, Security Team Lead Hurricane Ike Rapid Response Team, and Shift Leader Hurricane Katrina Rapid Response Team. Linares was a Maritime Anti-Terror & Basic Security Instructor for Carnival Cruise Lines and has previously served as Agency Manager and Senior Investigator in previous positions with investigative agencies. Linares is an experienced investigator and is an expert at surveillance and witness statements.|
Director Client Development
Lawton is a certified law enforcement tactics instructor, 3rd Degree Black Belt and Krav Maga Instructor, licensed Emergency Medical Technician, and former United States Marine. Between 2009 and 2012, he organized and lead over a dozen expeditionary teams into West and Central Africa representing and escorting High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) into gold and other commodity mining areas on business development projects. Lawton was invited in 2010, by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa, to deliver a keynote presentation in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the topic of safety and security for international sport in Africa.
Lawton supports TPG clients through the development of facility and personnel security assessments, has deployed and directed protection teams for corporate client remote sites, and provides escort and counter-surveillance security for TPG client executives. Lawton also directs development of new domestic and international executive security and protection clients.
Business Development Manager
|Emily is responsible for our Business Development. Her passions include environmental conservation, community health, volunteer work, and animal welfare. Emily brings attention to detail, creativity, interpersonal skills, and a positive attitude to our family. She is a team player, and communicates effectively with investigators and clients. Her ability to solve problems and to respond creatively to issues make her an asset to our organization.
Director, Fort Lauderdale
|Ariel Morel has 13 years of Investigations, Fugitive Recovery, Law Enforcement, Marine Law EnforcementSecurity, Executive Protection and Military experience. His experience and duties as a former NYC Police Officer, NYC Mayors Personal Protection detail Leader, Federal Law Enforcement Officer (USCG) and as a State of Florida and Georgia Licensed Investigator has lead him to attended numerous ceremonies, trainings, certifications and academies as well as possessed several Top Secret Security Clearances. Ariel possesses a Bachelors of Arts degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is considered an expert in surveillance and Executive Protection.|
Director, West Palm Beach
|Andrea Tomassi has eleven years of experience in investigations, and is a former Hollywood Police Department Crime Scene Technician. Andrea focuses primarily on witness locates and interviews, accident scene reconstruction, and skip tracing subjects who are difficult to find. Andrea has an Associates in Science in Criminal Justice, with an emphasis on Crime Scene investigations, and an Associates in Arts in Psychology.|
1951 NW 7th Ave • Suite 160-110 • Miami, FL 33136
1301 Riverplace Blvd • Suite 800 • Jacksonville, FL 32207
Agency License #A1200187