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Family owned and operated since 1962.

Family Owned Business

Johnson Security Bureau, Inc. has been providing professional security, transport, patrol and protective services for nearly sixty years. 


Based in the Bronx, New York, Johnson Security was founded in 1962 and incorporated in the State of New York. We are the oldest Black-owned security firm in New York State and among the oldest Black-owned security firms in the country. As a third generation, family-owned-and-operated enterprise, Johnson Security has established an impeccable record of providing our clients with greater peace of mind.  


Our firm has achieved this record through a diligently screened, thoroughly trained security force that embodies a genuine concern for the safety of our clients and their employees and visitors, as well as for the safeguarding of the facilities and communities we secure.

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Jessica Johnson-Cope

Wilbert Johnson

Dorothy Johnson

CEO & President (current)

I am a business executive who combines experience, communications, and common sense to address my clients' safety and security challenges. I lead the amazing team at Johnson Security Bureau where for over 50 years our family has protected valuable people, places and property. Every day, highly respected organizations and corporations entrust their most valuable assets to me and my team.

Founder (President: 1962-1975)

Wilbert Johnson was a retired New York City patrolman who founded Johnson Security Bureau with his wife Dorothy in 1962 in the State of New York. Initially, Wilbert and Dorothy offered private security services to local businesses, politicians, and entertainers and eventually expanded to provide security services for government agencies, larger businesses, and major corporations.

Wilbert passed in November of 1975.

Founder (President: 1975-1989)

Dorothy Johnson was a retired educator, and founded Johnson Security Bureau with her husband Wilbert in their family home in New York. Dorothy managed the company's finances until Wilbert’s death in 1975 when she took over both the finances and the operations as well. Under Dorothy’s leadership, Johnson Security became the only security agency in the metropolitan New York area whose chief executive was a minority woman. Dorothy passed in 2003.

  • Certifications
    Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE): Empire State Development Corporation NYC Department of Small Business NY/NJ Minority Supplier Development Council NYC School Construction Authority Port Authority of NY & NJ ​ Women-Owned Business Empire State Development Corporation Women Presidents’ Educational Organization U.S. Small Business Administration​ Historically Underutilized Business Enterprise (HUBZone): U.S. Small Business Administration Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE): Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
  • Licensing
    CT: Security Service (AS-2599) NJ: Security Agency (1372) NY: Armored Car Carrier (11000179265) NY: Watch, Guard or Patrol Agency (11000151942) VA: Private Security Service Business (11-15151) GSA Contract #:GS-07F-0662X
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  • News
    Business Wire December 2021 Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices Applauds Biden-Harris Procurement Improvements Fox 29 Philadelphia Novmember 2021 Business startups had record year, Census Bureau to begin keeping official tally The New York Times November 2021 Eric Adams Has a New Job. Many of His Constituents Don’t. Homeland Security Today October 2021 BPC Announces Task Force on the Future of SBA The Seattle Times October 2021 Small businesses navigate ever-changing COVID-19 reality Bloomberg TV September 2021 Covid Surge Imperils Small-Biz Recovery: Goldman CBS News September 2021 SBA enhances disaster loan program citing Delta variant challenges The Gotham Gazette September 2021 Youth are New York City’s Best Economic Resource, Let's Invest in Their Career Success The Wall Steet Journal September 2021 Biden’s Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate Splits Business Community Fortune Magazine July 2021 Let’s close the huge gender gap in federal contracts Inc. Magazine May 2021 Small Business Week Town Hall: 3 Ways to Thrive in the New Normal New York Amsterdam News March 2021 Goldman Sachs investing $10 billion in Black women over next 10 years News Wires EIN Febreuary 2021 The Thinkubator Announces the Addition of Five New Members to the Board of Directors
  • Awards
    Bronx Borough President’s Citation of Merit, June 2021 Presented to Jessica Johnson-Cope New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council MBE Spotlight 2020 Crain’s NY Family Business of The Year Award 2018 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies 2016 Inner City 100 Award 2016 “Fastest Growing Companies in America’s Inner Cities,” Fortune Magazine Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies 2015 State of New York Executive Chamber Certificate of Distinction, October 2014 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies 2014 Black Enterprise Family Business of the Year 2013 Bronx Borough President’s Citation of Merit, December 2011 NY Women’s Chamber of Commerce Women of Excellence Award 2011 Presented to Jessica Johnson The Competitive Edge MBE Award of Excellence 2010 Presented to Charles Johnson Jr. South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation Salute To Business Award, June 2010 Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program Graduate, 2010 U.S. DOT Research and Special Programs Administration, Women-Owned Business Enterprise Award, October 2003 Presented to Dorothy Johnson Family Business Enterprise Award presented by Mayor David Dinkins, Feb 1993 Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center Award of Appreciation Presented to Charles Johnson Sr. The State Insurance Fund Award of Appreciation 1988
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