About Americal Patrol

Americal Patrol, Inc. was founded in 1986 by a Viet Nam War veteran with over 20 years of law enforcement experience. For over 35 years, Americal Patrol has been providing security services to residential communities, commercial and industrial properties, and shopping centers throughout Southern California. Today the company is still owned and operated by the same family that started it back in 1986. Whether you need armed or unarmed security guards for your property, we have what it takes to keep your business safe!

The Americal Division was formed from Task Force 6814 in New Caledonia, Southwest Pacific, on 24 May 1942. The Americal name was taken from “Americans in New Caledonia” and was the only U.S. Army Division with a name and not a number.

The Leadership

Don Peterson


I was Honorably Discharged from the US Army as a Sergeant First Class, E-7. I served in Viet Nam from August 1968 to August 1969 where I received the Purple Heart.

I served with the Kansas Highway Patrol as a State Trooper and later with the Baldwin Park Police Department. I retired as a Police Sergeant from SEROP Police Department 2003.

I graduated from Victor Valley College with a degree in Administration of Justice and from the University of San Diego in Adult Education. I was formerly a Credentialed Teacher, and I am currently a State of California Licensed Firearms and Baton Instructor.

I have held Public Office as an elected City Councilman, and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Banning from 2012 to 2020.

In total, I possess over 50 years of experience in Law Enforcement and Security Services.

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Our free security consultation gives you a detailed examination of the potential risks associated with it and offers solutions for how to avoid threats in the future. Contact us today – we’ll be happy to answer any questions!

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