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.