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STA: Seattle bus attack would have ended differently in Spokane

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(The Downtown Spokane Partnership has Security Ambassadors
who can intervene should a fight, like the one in Seattle bus tunnel,
break out)


SPOKANE, Wash. - After three security guards stood by while a girl was beaten in a Seattle bus tunnel, Spokane Transit authorities are saying the situation would have played out much differently had it happened in Spokane.

"Our people clearly would have intervened and detained the suspect until police arrived," said Spokane Transit Authority's Communication Manager Molly Myers.

Video of the brutal beating prompted King County Metro to review its policy of having contract security guards only "observe and report" crimes.

Unlike King County Metro, all STA security employees have the authority to observe, report and respond.

STA has eight full time employees that work as security guards. Those guards are allowed to do anything but arrest a person.
   
STA also contracts out 24 security officers, whose contract specifies that they are allowed to observe, report and respond to incidents that happen at the STA Plaza.

In addition to those 32 security guards, two Spokane Police officers are based out of the STA Plaza.
   
The Downtown Spokane Partnership also has Security Ambassadors patrol the 80 square blocks of downtown Spokane on a daily basis, providing a presence that has proven to prevent crime.

"People just see us and a lot of times we don't even need to talk to somebody," said Security Ambassador Daniel Hall. "They see us coming and they'll stop whatever activity they're doing."
   
The Security Ambassadors as well as the STA security guards carry handcuffs and pepper spray in order to better protect themselves and the public.
   
STA also recently placed 64 surveillance cameras throughout the STA Plaza that will soon be monitored for any suspicious behavior.

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