Sergeant King has 28 years of law enforcement experience. He started his law enforcement career in Fort Bragg, California, a small logging and fishing town on the Northern California coast. After working for five years for the Fort Bragg Police Department and reaching the rank of detective, he moved to Portland, Oregon to expand his law enforcement experience. In Portland, Sergeant King has held the assignments of Patrol Officer, Asian Gang Intelligence Officer, Robbery Detective, Detective Sergeant, and Patrol Sergeant.
Since 2011 Sergeant Troy King has been the full-time team leader for the Portland Police Bureau’s 26 person Crisis Negotiation Team. He has been on the Crisis Negotiation Team since 2001 starting off at a technical officer, then being assigned as a negotiator and then negotiation sergeant. In addition to leading the negotiation and intelligence gathering efforts during critical incidents, he is also responsible for team training and development. In an effort to support training for other teams in the region, in 2012 Sergeant King began organizing and facilitating regional training events which have included both presentation-style training blocks as well as scenario based training blocks. His team now annually hosts the Pacific Northwest Crisis Negotiation Seminar and Competition.
Sergeant King has responded to hundreds of critical incidents ranging from lone suicidal subjects to armed barricaded individuals to hostage incidents. Sergeant King is commonly consulted during patrol level crisis incidents and also serves as the primary crisis response instructor for the Police Bureau’s Enhanced Crisis Intervention Training Program.
Sergeant King received the Distinguished Service Award from the Oregon Peace Officer’s Association and the Commendation Medal from the Portland Police Bureau for his actions during a 2011 event in which a lone gunman, attempting to commit suicide-by-cop, shot several police officers. In an effort to verbally contain the suspect and inhibit his ability to continue firing on officers, Sergeant King called the suspect while en route to the scene and negotiated the suspect’s surrender in less than one hour.
Sergeant King has taught numerous negotiation-related classes across North America for regional conferences and individual teams as well as universities and private corporations.
Sergeant King has served on the board of the Western States Hostage Negotiators’ Association (WSHNA) since 2014 and is currently the WSHNA Vice President.