about us


CEO of Strategic Investigations and Security

JC Bastidas serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Investigations with offices in New York City, Florida and Arizona. He possesses extensive experience in Law Enforcement having worked in the worlds largest Police Department. 

Work Experience

Mr. Bastidas has worked in the New York City Police Department's Elite Counterterrorism, Detective, Risk Management, Narcotics, Warrants, Patrol and Transit Bureaus supervising Detectives and Police officers.

- Supervised Counterterrorism Bureau Police Officers protecting high profile target locations in NYC
- Supervised Detectives in Investigative Squads
- Lead Criminal investigations
- Conducted Security Audits and Risk Assessments

Mr. Bastidas has worked for and secured the following landmark locations in NYC:
Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Trump Tower, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, Penn Station, JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, CitiField, Yankee Stadium, Barclays Center, US Open, Macy's Herald Square, Goldman Sachs, UBS Bank, JP Morgan, NYSE, NBC Today Show, ABC Good Morning America, MTV, United Nations, Consulates of Israel, Mexico, Great Britain, Russia, Turkey, and France. 


Mr. Bastidas possesses a Bachelors Degree in  Criminal Justice from St. John's University and a Masters Degree in Education from St. John's University. 


Intel Counter Surveillance, Air Marshall Training, Criminal Investigation Course, Information Security Training, Advanced Explosive Trace Detection Course, Alert Active Shooter, Awareness and Response to Biological Incidents and Radiation Detection Course.



Paul Smester


Mr. Smester serves as the Director of Security for Strategic Investigations and Security. Mr. Smester is a retired Lieutenant from the New York City Police Department. Mr. Smester has over 20 years of extensive experience in Law Enforcement. He has worked in various units such as Anti-Crime Unit, Precinct Platoon Commander, Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU), Fugitive Apprehension Unit and Detective Squad Commander.

Mr. Smester manages the security team for Residential and Commercial properties throughout New York City. Mr. Smester also oversees Special Events Security along with the Executive Protection Team. Paul works closely to ensure these operations are running efficiently and effectively assuring that we provide our clients with the best service in the security industry. Paul is also responsible for client relations and ensuring all of our client's individual needs are met.


Mr. Smester possesses a BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University and has a Master's Degree from Columbia University.