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Happy National & International Private Investigators Day!

July 24th is Private Investigators Day!

This is a special occasion where the contributions of private investigators in their communities get recognized worldwide.

After all, Private Investigators provide an imperative function in society.

It is also the day that commemorates the birth of the first private investigator who in 1833 started operating his own detective agency, and thus forever changed the modus operandi that the government & private investigations are carried out to this day.

Part 1: History:

Eugène-François Vidocq was born in Arras, France on July 24th, 1775.

He was clever, daring, a habitual womanizer, and had a way with people of different social statuses.  His long and diverse career, he started off as a criminal and has been imprisoned on multiple occasions for theft, fraud, forgery, assault, battery, etc, but managed to escape on more than several occasions.  He then became a chasseur, then a deserter, then a police informant, where he gained trust with criminal groups and even used disguises and false identities to turn criminals over to the police afterwards.

Finally, he became the first private detective operating a private detective agency.  At the age of 37 he was formally accepted into the French Police as a leader of the Security Brigade, a plainclothes unit where all of his agents were ex-criminals, whom he hand-picked and trained himself.However, after twenty years (with a short break of being a failed businessmen) of successful service, due to animosity from his newly appointed superior and recoil from employing some questionable tactics, he resigned.

In 1833, Vidocq established a private detective agency and hired ex-convicts once again.  Evidently, he was just as effective in his private investigative work as he was in the government employment, but questionable tactics and illegal means got him and his agency in trouble with the local police constantly. The agency only endured for about ten years, but Vidocq continued to work on small cases until his death at the age of 81.

Despite Vidocq’s infamous reputation, he contributed considerably to the fields of criminology, ballistics, record keeping, undercover work, identification of criminals, crime scene investigation, reformation of police force in several countries, and wrote many papers on different subjects related to the investigative profession.

His life story inspired many literary characters and laid the foundation for indisputably the most famous private investigator, Sherlock Holmes. Vidocq’s 18th century legacy continues to motivate both men and women around the world to become private investigators.

Although there were many others who inspired our industry in Europe along the way, two names from Northern America occupy a special place in our history as well.

The first person is Allan Pinkerton, a pioneer of the private investigation profession at this end of the ocean.

He established the Pinkerton National Detective Agency and was a master at running it and many of his investigative, ethical and business practices are still mirrored today.


Allan J. Pinkerton was a Scottish-born American detective and spy, best known for creating the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.

Born: August 25, 1819, Glasgow, UK

Died: July 1, 1884, Chicago, IL

The second person who definitely defined the narrative, is Kate Warne. Back when female detectives were unheard of, and 64 years before women could even vote, in 1856, Kate Warne was hired as America’s first female private investigator. Generally speaking, women were unable to work in official capacity in law enforcement until 1891 and they were not promoted to be investigators until 1903. Pinkerton assumed that Kate wanted a clerical job, however, she demanded to be an investigator, and persuaded him that women had an eye for detail and were excellent observers. He didn’t regret it, and pretty soon, he put her in charge of the newly developed Female Detective Bureau that employed strictly women for the detective job.

Kate is most famous for helping to prevent an assassination attempt on president-elect Abraham Lincoln, and basically saved his life; and for successfully infiltrating the Maroney family in the case of Adams Express Company embezzlement’s, which led later to Mr. Maroney’s conviction and imprisonment, and almost 80% of the stolen money was returned. Kate’s strength and efforts paved the way for many other women to be able to gain equality in the industry.


Kate Warne was an American law enforcement officer, known as the first female detective. Circa 1856 with Pinkerton Detective Agency.

Born: 1833, Erin, NY

Died: January 28, 1868, Chicago, IL

Part 2: Recognition 24/7:

Bob Mackowiak, a journalist, publisher and editor of PI Magazine at that time, in October 2002, recognized the first Private Investigators Day.

A bit over a decade later, Arthur Athas, a private investigator from Melbourne, Australia, re-established an international and professional day as it is known today, on the 24th of July to commemorate Vidocq’s date of birth.

The date was popularized and is since written as 24/7 to symbolise the typical hours of private investigators’ work.

Part 3: Private Investigators Matter:

Throughout the almost two-hundred-year history of our existence, we’ve come a long way.

Fromex-convicts, questionable tactics and unethical conduct, we’re now incorporated, licensed, well-trained, well-educated and experienced, law-abiding professionals.

We bring our unique talents from various backgrounds, such as law-enforcement, intelligence services, and military; criminal justice and information technology; insurance and corporate organizations; and even from banking and scientific institutions.

We’re insured, bonded, and comply with privacy laws and industry’s ethical standards.

We’ve established global partnerships and professional associations, tightly knit networks and cooperation bridges to be able to offer assistance in almost any place in the world. Most importantly, we’re committed to provide vital services to the society helping establishing truth and justice.

Whether you’re a private citizen, a small business, medical or financial institution, a Fortune 500 company, a government branch, a law firm, or an international client, we’re here to protect your interests and deliver customized solutions in response to any legal matters you may be facing.

Since private investigators are not restrained by government bureaucracy, politics, backed up court files, inefficient procedures, budget cuts, or jurisdictional borders, we can efficiently and discreetly assist clients in a myriad of ways:

  • locate missing persons, victims of human trafficking, witnesses, and family members • perform background checks for employment and court purposes • conduct due diligence and asset searches for corporations and law firms • gather evidence for criminal and civil litigation • investigate insurance and other kinds of fraud • investigate theft, corruption, and various illegal criminal activities • investigate digital crimes and offer computer forensics • conduct surveillance and provide conflict resolution services • protect rights of people harmed by discrimination, neglect and other injustices • etc.

Private investigators don’t have days off, and while on vacation with family, they attend to many responsibilities of their occupation.

Even if they specialize in certain domains, they still have broad spectre of knowledge into other spheres of expertise.

They’re meticulous, brave, intelligent, well-read, creative, well-versed in law, investigation, interviewing methods, forensics, computers, technical gadgets and IoT, report writing, surveillance and countersurveillance techniques, people and communication skills, and have many other abilities related and unrelated to the profession which they constantly sharpen, multiply, and engage day and night of every day of the year to bring perpetrators to justice, and to their clients, bring the so much needed results.

Highlight 24/7 in your calendars:

With thanks to: Roman Bazikalov / a.k.a. MadPI Certified International Investigator MadPI Consulting & Investigations Mobile +1 514 578 7026