Lion Investigation Academy


Joseph Alercia II



Joseph Alercia II

            Joseph Alercia II is the owner and director of Lion Investigation Academy and a licensed and practicing Private Investigator in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Nebraska, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and formerly the District of Columbia.  His four decades of practical experience in the Private Investigation and Security realm provide the student with the added advantage of a complete instructor who not only corrects exams but can give practical answers to the students’ questions based on the knowledge has acquired through work on thousands of cases.

            He is a graduate of many distance learning institutions and as such, understands the need and direction of distance learning education.  Below is a sampling of Mr. Alercia’s professional history:


  LaSalle Extension University, Chicago, Illinois Diploma, American Law and Procedure

  LaSalle Extension University, Chicago, Illinois Bachelor of Law, the study of Basic Law


  Institute of Applied Science. Science Crime Detection (fingerprints, police photography, firearms, ID of handwriting, typewriting, MO)

  Universal Detectives, Universal City, CA. Investigation Training

  North American Institute of Police Science, Chicago, IL. Investigation and Police Science

  Universal Schools, Little Falls, NJ. Legal Investigation

  American Police Academy, Washington DC. Certification of Instruction, Arson Investigation

  Paralegal Institute, Phoenix, AZ. Research of Federal and State Laws

The study of litigation and trial practice

  Police Science Institute, Newport Beach, CA. General law enforcement, police training

  Diploma, Forensic Handwriting Examiner

  Kensington University College of Law, Glendale, CA Doctor of Jurisprudence

  Graduate, Newspaper Institute of America. A writing course specializing in fiction writing and basic concepts of newspaper writing

  Legal Investigations Training, Universal School, Dallas, TX

  American Hotel & Lodging Association, Security & Loss Prevention Mgmt.


  Former International Police Congress, Regional Director, Washington, DC (15 yrs)

  Former member and contributing editor of Professional Security Officer International

  Middle Eastern Police Chiefs Association of America (Former)

  Marine Corps League, Northampton County, PA, Past Commandant

  New Jersey Private Detective Association (Former)

  Academy of Security Educators and Trainers

  National Association of Legal Investigators (Former)

  Former International Narcotics Enforcement Officer’s Association

  Association of Licensed Detectives of NY (Former)


  Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Investigation, issued by the American Law Enforcement Association

  Membership Award in the International Academy of Criminology

Named to Who’s Who in American Law Enforcement 1980, a collection placed in the Library of Congress and in each state library for historical and educational purposes.  Mr. Alercia has also participated in a private security seminar designed to impart information concerning the standards and goals published by the National Advisory Committee of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration and to contribute to a statewide Industry consensus regarding these recommendations.

  John Edgar Hoover Memorial Gold Medal for distinguished public service

  Distinguished Service Award, Marine Corps League


  Past commission of the National Association of Police Chiefs as Pennsylvania Vice President

  Past Board of Directors, Private Detective Association, State of New Jersey.  Duties included reviewing of legislative bills, formulating passage of internal laws and concepts of this association

  Commissioned as a Notary Public by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


  Licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, State Board of Private Licensed Schools to teach Private Investigation and to conduct an Investigation academy within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

  Licensed as a Private Investigator/Private Detective in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and North Carolina.

  Act 235 Pennsylvania Lethal Weapons Training certified by Pennsylvania State Police and licensed to carry a weapon in the state of New Jersey


  Lion Investigation Academy, Pennsylvania Est. 1974

  American Detective Agency, Pennsylvania Est. 1975

  Sentry Detective Agency, New Jersey Est. 1976

  M & J Investigations, New York Est. 1980

  American Detective Systems Est. 1983

  American Detective Agency, Washington DC Est. 1988

  American Detective Agency, Nebraska Est. 1995

  American Detective Agency, Massachusetts Est. 2001

  American Detective Agency, North Carolina Est. 2008


  United States Marine Corps, 19591963(Active), 1963-1965(Inactive reserve status).  Honorable Discharge, and two tours of overseas duty.

     Past Commandant, Marine Corps League, Northampton County, Pennsylvania 1978 1979


   Former Senior Arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau Certified through the National Panel of Consumer Arbitrator

   Appeared on an episode of the television program Unsolved Mysteries in February, 1996, when the program profiled an unexplained death case investigated by Mr. Alercia in 1993

   Produced, directed and hosted a live radio talk show on the topic of the private investigation realm during 1987,1989,1998-2002

   Regularly provides internship opportunities via American Detective Agency for students from various Universities (such as Penn State University and Bloomsburg University in Pa.) as a component of the final semester of their criminal justice program.  This internship is a requisite for the fulfillment of their respective degree.