By: Officer Jill M Burr—Five to the Seven It was a cold rainy day on November 30th, 2022 and I was out on the corner of Third and Everett where I was flagged down by one of our houseless folks. He had come to me looking for some warm clothes, a tarp and a tent.… Continue reading Lost and Found: One Person’s Misadventure Becomes Another’s Reunion
PORTLAND OREGON – THE NEW DEADWOOD: WHAT TO DO? Operation Deadwood: Deadwood is a town in South Dakota made famous for its outlaw history. Deadwood became a famous destination after the discovery of gold. With little to no infrastructure or law enforcement presence, Deadwood soon outgrew its small-town status. Deadwood remained rough-and-tumble for some time,… Continue reading PORTLAND OREGON – THE NEW DEADWOOD: WHAT TO DO?
A Moderate Position on Measure 114. On Oregon’s November election ballot there will be a referendum limiting both the ownership of firearms and the sale and possession of magazines with the ability to house more than 10 individual pieces of ammunition. Although I believe the law intends to deal with the rise of gun violence… Continue reading Issues with Measure 114
With the intenful reduction of emergency services, such as decreased funding for 911 communication centers, jail funding, law enforcement programs, mental health programs and detox / recovery services, private citizens and property owners have turned to private security to fill in the necessary gaps in services. For some, mainly those in favor of the defunding… Continue reading Echelon’s Security Legacy
Portland has become a well known destination for many queer folk. In turn, this has led to a blossoming community. Unfortunately, the LGBTQIA+ community remains at risk for violence, houselessness, and drug abuse. Moreover, these threats remain promininet for people within the LGBTQIA+ community, and the risk remains higher for queer people of color and… Continue reading LGBTQIA+ community remains at risk for violence
Why Security Should Never Act Like Law Enforcement
The security industry has exploded over the past year. The demand for more security has risen at a rate faster than available security guards can fill the spots. A good friend of mine trains new guards professionally and in the last year his student enrollment has doubled. Despite the economic struggles that the past year… Continue reading Lessons from an armed security guard after living through the chaos of 2020 in Portland
“I’ve been stabbed and my guts are hanging out.” When he removed the cloth over his belly I realized he was telling the truth. Repeatedly in the security business, guards are going to be put into situations that are significant, uncomfortable and dangerous. We are placed into situations that have life threatening consequences and carry… Continue reading The Armed EMT