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.

Order yours today! Women in the Security Profession by IFPO Executive Director Sandi Davies

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.

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Get certified and take your security career to the next level!

The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) is dedicated to providing meaningful and cost effective security training for security guards and protection officers.

We believe that education is a necessary and essential part of professional security training and the security officer’s background. IFPO serves individuals, security companies, and organizations that have their own private security staff. Our students and members benefit from the recognition and standing that the prestigious IFPO certification conveys.

LIKE and FOLLOW the IFPO on Facebook!

International Foundation for Protection Officers Mission Statement

Mission Statement Part I.

The International Foundation for Protection Officers provides professional learning opportunities for security practitioners, to impart the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to maximize job performance and enhance career potential.

Purpose: to make a positive difference in the quality of the participant’s job performance and elevate the professional status of students who partake of our learning opportunities.

Business: to supply committed security practitioners with a quality education to help achieve their highest potential and provide recognized accreditation for successful completion of educational goals.

Values: commitment, integrity, responsibility, and standards of excellence, provide the platform that supports our journey as we pursue our mission.

Vision Statement

Commitment to Excellence: To be the recognized center of excellence and primary provider of education and training products and services to the security industry.

Mission Statement Part II.

“The International Foundation for Protection Officers is committed to the support and professional development of protection officers and supervisors. Through advocacy, promoting training standards, and providing accessible training, education and certification opportunities, we seek to enhance their professional standing as well as increase and diversify the value of the vital services they provide.”

By |2019-08-24T09:13:31+00:00August 24th, 2019|About IFPO, News|Comments Off on Today in Security History: Detective Kate Warne

About the Author: