Introducing...... Robert King
July 19, 2021
We are so excited today to welcome Robert King to the Con10gency team! Robert joins as our National Director of Training and comes from a nearly 30 year career with the Portland Police Bureau. Learn more about Robert through his bio below.
Welcome aboard, Robert!
Robert King, National Director of Training for Con10gency, is responsible for evolution of the C.A.L.M. Approach™ and other Con10gency course offerings in addition to creation and execution of strategies to expand the organization’s training footprint nationwide. King retired as Commander of the North Precinct for the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) in 2018, having worked with the Bureau for over 27 years, before transitioning to a role in the office of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in April 2019. He joined Con10gency in July of 2021 in support of a personal mission to improve training, survivability, and knowledge of law enforcement for the betterment of themselves, their department, and the wider community.
Commander King was a survivor of a traumatic incident in 1991 that shaped and influenced the rest of his police career. He worked Patrol and was assigned to SWAT while also a trainer in firearms, defensive tactics, patrol tactics, less lethal, survival attitude, suicide prevention, and emotional survival. He also served as the Employee Assistance Coordinator early in his career where he supported officers and their families with peer support, chaplaincy services, and helped to facilitate mental health services. In 1999, King was promoted to detective and assigned to gang investigations. In 2000, he was elected to the Portland Police Association as President, a role in which he served for eight (8) years. At the conclusion of his third term, he returned to PPB as a street sergeant before being promoted to lieutenant. In that role, his assignments included the Training Division, Public Information Office, and the Drugs and Vice Division. As he pursued promotion to captain, King was assigned Acting Captain in the Forensic Evidence Division, which provides crime scene processing for PPB. He was formally promoted to Captain in 2015 at which time he was assigned to the East Precinct before being promoted to Commander of North Precinct in 2017. He also served as Acting Assistant Chief of the Operations Branch during his final year with PPB (2018).
King was hired by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as the Mayor’s Senior Policy Advisor for Public Safety in April 2019, a role that was one of the most challenging of his career. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic began and May of that year saw the murder of George Floyd and the start of over 170 days of violent protests in Portland. There was an unprecedented increase in violence in 2020, resulting in over 140 officers retiring or resigning from PPB and the most challenging year in PPB history.
Commander King’s 30 year career in public service is rooted in a deep desire to support law enforcement officers and their families. He continues this mission through his work with Con10gency, a national company with strong support for law enforcement at its core. As the National Director of Training, King hopes to share vital lessons learned over his career and ensure officers are supported, encouraged, and live full and satisfying lives as they provide vital public safety service to their community.