Safe Place was created by the Seattle Police Department to address low reporting of anti-LGBTQ+ crimes. The goal is to increase public trust in law enforcement and feelings of safety in the community. The program expanded in 2018 to include anyone who has been a victim of a bias crime.
How it Works
APD Safe Place is a unique partnership with the business community that serves a critical role in assisting the victims of these crimes. Businesses that participate place an easily recognizable decal at their entrances. This symbol is a signal for victims of hate crimes and bias incidents that this location has partnered with the police, will call 911 on their behalf and allow them a safe place stay to on the premises until the police arrive.
Over 200 police agencies throughout the US and Canada are actively working with Seattle Police Department to initiate Safe Place in their communities.