H. P. Anderson Security Museum
The H.P. Anderson Private Security Museum is housed at the corporate headquarters of Anderson Security Agency. The museum is dedicated to an individual who since the age of 7 wanted to be a detective, and who at the age of 21 organized his first security agency.
H.P. Anderson, Sr. established Continental Security Guards in the Valley in 1956, building it into an organization of 750 people, operating in 35 states plus Panama and Puerto Rico. The company was one of the most diversified and admired in its field and included security guard service, armored cars, burglar alarm contact station, polygraph testing, legal couriers, accident report analysis, security consultation, vault service, security aerial transport and a comprehensive security academy.
A visionary and industry activist, H.P. Anderson, Sr. has played a key role in raising the standards of the private security industry in Arizona. For many years he spearheaded the drive for security agency licensing in Arizona, not relenting until he achieved his goal in 1976.
Active through leadership roles in a score of industry, community, civic honorary and church organizations, H.P. Anderson, Sr. has inspired many to seek and obtain successful careers in security. Numbered among them are to date, three generations of the Anderson family, including daughter Kimberly, President/CEO of Anderson Security Agency, Ltd., sponsoring entity and within whose headquarters the museum is located.
The museum is maintained as a public service and is open to all who wish to visit. Guided group tours are available by arrangement through the Anderson Security Agency office, the museum curator or docents. There is no admission charge, but monetary or exhibit donations are gratefully accepted.