Today in Security History: Detective Kate Warne

Here is a recent piece written by the IFPO's own Chris Hertig, about Kate Warne, the first female detective at the Pinkerton Detective Agency, published by ASIS' Security Management:

In this new series from Security Management, we will examine historical events and people throughout the year that influenced the development of the security profession.

On 22 August 1856, private detective Allan Pinkerton met a young woman standing at the door of his Chicago office. She introduced herself as Mrs. Kate Warne and told Pinkerton that she was in search of a job—not as a secretary, but as a detective.

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Pinkerton was taken aback—a female detective was unheard of in 1856. American police departments would not begin hiring female officers until the Los Angeles Police Department hired Alice Stebbins Wells in 1910. And those female sworn officers had limited roles; they often were not entitled to carry a gun and were typically tasked with upholding laws protecting women and children. Nevertheless, traditional roles did not hold Warne back; she told Pinkerton that a woman could collect information that a man could not, could persuade people to reveal secrets, could collect gossip and overhear news in social functions, and could pose as a wife on assignments where a couple would elicit less suspicion.

Pinkerton thought about it that evening a great deal. But he recognized opportunities and pursued them. The next morning, he hired Kate Warne as the Pinkertons’ first female detective.

Read the rest of the story.


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