Law Enforcement Participation

The Seattle Police Department has copywritten and trademarked the Safe Place Program concept, and logo in 2014.

The Seattle Police Department will license the logo and program to other law enforcement agencies to adopt the Safe Place Initiative for their Jurisdiction for FREE.

There are some basic requirements around training and written agency LGBTQ+ policies.The Seattle Police Department has given authorization to over 250 Law Enforcement agencies across the United States, Canada and internationally to utilize this program.  Authorization includes the use of the official rainbow shield/star, and information and training contained on the website. To start the process, receive more information or to receive written authorization to utilize the copywritten and trademarked program please contact the Safe Place Coordinator Officer Korieo.   To the right are a few examples of what other agencies have produced to look like their agency badge/shield or changing the background color.Dorian.Korieo@Seattle.Gov or via phone at 206-386-1793.

The SPD SAFE PLACE concept is specifically a law enforcement initiative - meaning it only works when local law enforcement actively manages the program.  It should not be overseen, implemented, funded, controlled, or otherwise 'handed off to' community members, social organizations, advocates, activists, or politicians. 

Why Get Your Agency Involved in Safe Place?

The SPD SAFE PLACE Initiative can help with the following issues:

  • Increases in bias crimes, crimes with bias elements, bias incidents & student bullying, (both perceived and actual increases).
  • Significant under-reportingand/or non-reporting of bias crimes, crimes with bias elements, bias incidents and student bullying.
  • Inconsistent, confusing and/or non-existent protocol and training on identifying, defining, reporting and statistically categorizing bias crimes, crimes with bias elements, bias incidents and student bullying. (Locally and Nationwide).
  • Misinformation, and/or confusion regarding the calling of 911.§  Misinformation, inconsistencies, and/or confusion surrounding definitions of bias crimes, crimes with bias elements, bias incidents, student bullying and/or free speech.
  • The frustration and disconnect between minority communities, businesses, law enforcement agencies, and social organizations regarding increases in crime, police response, lack of police resources, and the resulting loss of business revenue.
  • Lack of effective communication between members of minority communities and law enforcement, businesses, schools, and government leaders. 
  • Continuing (and often unreported) school bullying incidents resulting from student reluctance or skepticism that school officials and/or police will take bullying allegations seriously.
  • Lack of a specific law enforcement where the public can find current, and useful information regarding bias crimes, student bullying and associated resources.
  • Improvement of law enforcement's understanding of minority community issues, and improved training of officers on socially sensitive topics.

How to make the SAFE PLACE initiative successful

Trust and follow-through are the key. The SPD SAFE PLACE initiative only works if the victims of hate crimes and the community in general believes in and trusts the program.  Trust comes when a victim observes and experiences that sincere effort is being made by all parties involved to keep their safety the paramount concern.

Everything must work together - if law enforcement or schools fail to educate and train their staff to properly document these incidents, if businesses don't train their employees to call 911 or shelter victims until the police arrive, if the media doesn't educate the public about the spirit behind this initiative - then SPD SAFE PLACE will only be a colorful decal without meaning behind it.  Victims won't know or trust the symbol as a place to seek help, nor trust law enforcement enough to report the crimes.

Public Messaging

The SPD SAFE PLACE concept is designed to encourage the reporting of bias crimes or incidents.  It helps to develop a universal message to address the communities concerns regarding the perception of increased reporting.  If adopting SPD SAFE PLACE increases the community trust to report crimes, it may lead to an increase in bias/hate crime reports.  It is important to message this to the public - that this does not necessarily mean there are more hate crimes occurring in your jurisdiction, but instead crimes that would have gone unreported are now known about.