Patrol Services International, a Bend-based private security company, has signed a franchise agreement to provide security services in Washington, D.C.

“Now that we have a foundation and a proven concept, we can take the company nationally and internationally to a larger scale,” said Nick Thompson, CEO and founder.

Thompson, a retired police officer with more than 10 years of patrol experience, started Patrol Services International in Central Oregon in 2005. Its concept is to prevent crime by having a uniformed presence at locations such as hospitals, colleges, apartment buildings and malls.

“Our focus is really offering a client high-visibility patrol, with a marked vehicle and a uniformed, armed officer who has prior police or military service,” he said.