A private U.S Security and detective agency established by Allan Pinkerton in 1850. Pinkerton had become famous when he foiled a plot to assassinate president elect who later hired Pinkerton agents for his personal security during the Civil War.
In 1871, Congress appropriated $50,000 to the new Department of Justice (DOJ) to form a sub organization devoted to "the detection and prosecution of those guilty of violating federal law." The amount was insufficient for the DOJ to fashion an integral investigating unit, so the DOJ contracted out the services to the Pinkerton National Detective Agency
In 2001 Pinkerton and Burns International merged operations to become Securitas Services USA, the largest security services provider in the world. This brought together the two most renowned private investigative firms in the world.
Burns International also boasts a rich history. In 1909, William J. Burns founded the William J. Burns Detective Agency with headquarters in Chicago , Illinois . Burns was a man of integrity and served as a national crime watchdog. During his career, he was labeled "the greatest detective the U.S. has ever produced." In 1921, he was appointed the director of the newly formed National Bureau of Fingerprint investigation that later became the FBI.
Pinkerton offers corporations comprehensive security services, a consultative approach to identifying risks and the professional expertise to partner in effective solutions. With offices located in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, and Asia, you can depend on an organization with a rich history and a dynamic future.