History and Mission
Safe Place is a Law Enforcement sponsored and overseen initiative that was created by the Seattle Police Department to address low reporting of LGBTQ+ crimes and school bullying incidents. This program increases public trust in Law Enforcement and feelings of safety in the community. The program was expanded in 2018 to include anyone who many have been a victim of all bias crimes.
How it Works
BCSO Safe Place invites local businesses, schools, organizations and various community partners to participate in the Safe Place initiative. Businesses and schools that participate are required to place an easily recognizable decal at their entrances. This symbol is a signal for victims of hate crimes that this location has partnered with the police, will call 911 on their behalf and allow them a safe place stay on the premises until the police arrive. Participating locations should not act or intervene on behalf of Law Enforcement.