Seattle Police Department Safe Place Kathleen O'Toole, Chief of Police
What is SPD Safe Place?
While Seattle is generally one of the safest and most progressive cities in the United States, crimes and discrimination related to the City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) residents and visitors unfortunately still occur. SPD is committed to the safety of all LGBTQ residents and visitors.
Seattle Police Department (SPD) SAFE PLACE signage is being displayed by local supporting community members, businesses, schools and organizations that work closely with the Seattle Police Department in an effort to reduce anti-LGBTQ crimes, reduce LGBTQ student bullying and encourage the reporting of LGBTQ crimes. These are also locations supporting safe and secure places for victims of anti-LGBTQ related crimes and harassment. Calling 911 and waiting for police to respond is essential for holding suspects accountable and reducing hate crimes and harassment in general.
In addition to the 911 police response to these incidents, the SPD has an LGBTQ liaison officer who promotes partnership efforts between the SPD and LGBTQ community and can be a resource for answers to questions you may have. The SPDSAFEPLACE.com website also has resources for the LGBTQ community.
The mission of the SPD SAFE PLACE is to provide the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/ Questioning (LGBTQ) community with signage and resources that provide easily accessible safety information.
SPD SAFE PLACE is designed to further enhance the relationship between the Seattle Police Department (SPD), the LGBTQ community and local businesses by providing SPD SAFE PLACE decals and signage to local businesses and organizations and encouraging those entities to clearly post them at the entrances to their premise as a symbol of safety for the victims of LGBTQ crime and a warning to those who commit those crimes. SPD SAFE PLACE also provides an instant and easy link to SPD and other LGBTQ resources.
Intersectionality: The Seattle Police Department recognizes that social categories such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, mental, physical, or sensory handicap, homelessness, marital status, age, parental status, gender, class or political ideology and the associated discrimination and disadvantage that may occur to an individual and/or group is all interconnected and must be addressed collectively instead of separately.