Almeda Dunn - 2009 Security Professional of the Year

World Investigators Network

Almeda Dunn is the guiding light of the Star Detective & Security Agency, Inc. As the Granddaughter of the founder, Luegemus Bratton, she has pioneered the company into new areas improving the range of security services and building a solid tradition for the agency.

Almeda is the third generation CEO of Star Detective and Security Agency, Inc, founded in 1923. It is Chicago’s oldest family operated licensed detective agency. She has a solid grasp of the problems facing the security industry and is knowledgeable about issues affecting private investigators today. She has written literally hundreds of letters to regulators and legislators at all levels of government over concerns affecting both sectors of our profession and appeared before regulators and legislators at every level of government.

Star Detective & Security Agency, Inc. was founded in 1923 by Luegemus Bratton, a pioneer in the field of security. The son of slaves, Bratton came to Chicago with only the skill of his hands, the strength of his mind and the motivation to have his own business.

In the early 1920’s, Luegemus started to act as bodyguard and collection agent for peddlers known as “installment dealers”. Soon the dealers opened shops and Luegemus was hired for security control.

Today, Star Detective & Security Agency, Inc. is run by Capt. Bratton’s grand daughter, Almeda and great grand-daughter, Dominique Wallace. The family continues the legacy of Capt. Bratton-treating people fairly, paying attention to clients, having good relations with the community and educating themselves and employees.

Star Detective and Security Agency, Inc., is a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). We are certified by the City of Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Minority Business Development Council, Inc. and the State of Illinois CMS. We are Licensed, Bonded and Insured.

Almeda is a Past President, National Council of Investigation & Security Services and a board member of World Investigators Network.

She has served as Vice President of the Associated Detectives of Illinois and as a member of the Board; member of the Private Detective Board of the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulations; Vice Chairman of the State of Illinois Department of Employment Security; and Board member of Illinois Security Chiefs and Director of the National Black Police Association.

After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy, she served as a Chicago Police officer and retired after 27 years. Mrs. Dunn holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal and Social Justice from Lewis University and was named by Harvard University to the Inner City One Hundred and was a special guest lecturer at Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston.

Star Detective has been honored with awards from Loyola University, the Marriott Foundation, and the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago. Featured in Inc. Magazine, Star Detective was named as one of the “Top 100 Inner City Businesses” and was profiled in the book American Dream by Dan Rather. Almeda has also been a guest on a variety of radio and television programs, including “Someone You Should Know” with Harry Potterfield on WLS-TV, Channel 7 in Chicago.

In 2007, Almeda was the recipient of the “Wayne Wunder” memorial award presented by the National Council of Investigation and Security Services and in 2009, she was awarded “Security Professional of the Year” from World Investigators Network. Almeda asked that I thank all those who voted for her to receive this prestigious award. She truly appreciates being invited into the family of WIN and being made to feel so welcome.

Almeda is a great lady and a true shining star.