HOW IT WORKS
BCSO SAFE PLACE is a unique partnership with the business community and schools that serve a critical role in assisting the victims of anti-LGBTQ+ and Bias/Hate Crimes and school bullying. Businesses and schools that participate place an easily recognizable decal at their entrances. This symbol is a signal for victims of anti-LGBTQ+ and Bias/Hate Crimes and school bullying that this location has partnered with the police, will call 911 on their behalf and allow them a safe place to stay on their premises until the police arrive.
PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS SHOULD NOT ACT OR INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
HISTORY AND MISSION
SAFE PLACE is a Law Enforcement sponsored and overseen initiative that was born out of a need to address how to report anti-LGBTQ+, Bias/Hate crimes and school bullying incidents by increasing public trust in Law Enforcement and feelings of safety in the community.
DISPLAYING THE BCSO SAFE PLACE DECAL
Locations displaying the BCSO SAFE PLACE decal assume responsibilities that will assist Bergen County Law Enforcement agencies in protecting anti-LGBTQ+, Bias/Hate crimes and school bullying victims.
BCSO DECALS ARE NOT TO BE DISPLAYED IN PRIVATE RESIDENCES
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BCSO SAFE PLACE PROGRAM
If interested in participating in the BCSO SAFE PLACE Program, please provide contact information via the webform or call the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Unit at (201) 336-3540.