Some excellent work by two security officers in Portland, Oregon and proof that often, security officers are able to assume the role of first responder -- whether they are officially designated as such or not -- because police officers cannot be everywhere, all the time. The number of security officers in the U.S. had already been on the rise, but experienced a spike when COVID-19 hit, while conversely, the number of police officers is decreasing nationwide. In addition, security officers typically have a concentrated area to patrol -- a business, a small community, etc., while police officers generally have larger jurisdictions to patrol, which slows their response times.
PORTLAND, Oregon — Two security guards broke up an assault on a man by 2 teens using a mallet and steel bar in Southeast Portland Monday night, police said.
The attack happened around 7:30 p.m. in the 3500 block of SE 122nd. Investigators learned the victim told a security guard the pair was harassing people in the vicinity. As he tried to leave, the attackers confronted the victim and hit him several time in the front and back of the head, authorities said.
That’s when the security guards noticed the assault and ran over to help.