PPI History

In 1997, Portland Patrol Incorporated (PPI) opened its doors providing both armed and unarmed security services to both public agencies and private businesses in the core of downtown known as the Business Improvement District (BID).

From inception, PPI was established using a unique business model emphasizing cooperation between the community, business leaders, and the Portland Police Bureau, in order to address issues affecting all of downtown and the Old Town/Chinatown area of Portland. Founded by a retired Portland Police Bureau Commander, PPI utilized the relationships developed during his 25-year police career. The result created an exceptional level of cooperation recognized nationally for its effective and innovative approach. In 1998, this partnership became official with the signing of a log-term contract assigning originally two and now four police officers to work directly with PPI. Even today, this program remains one of a kind, the only one in the country where private security and police work together under the same roof. PPI’s experience and familiarity with Portland’s residents and business communities is not matched by any other private security company in the area.

The management team, leading Portland Patrol, Inc. represents over 200 years of policing experience from the Portland Police Bureau and other departments across the United States. Many of the employees, both past and present, are retired police officers who use the skills learned during their policing careers to elevate the level of professionalism beyond that which other security companies are able to provide. The expectation of excellence is emphasized throughout the company by requiring that all employees receive an annual forty hour in-service training along with continued and on-going training, much which is provided by our business and community partners. PPI also requires that all armed security officers have a minimum of three years prior police experience.

Since 1998, PPI has qualified as a MBE/WBE, and has focused on building relationships with public service providers, the business community, police, and the public. Even as the company continues to grow, relationship building remains essential to the core values of the organization. The company’s performance standards remain higher than ever, and those relationships that helped build this company into the Northwest’s premier private security provider remain an integral part of how we operate.