What is Safe Place?
The Safe Place initiative was started by Officer James Ritter (Seattle Police Department) in May of 2015. It was created to address the LGBTQ community issues that have impacted law enforcement agencies.
In February 2013, San Francisco Police Department also started a concept called Safe Zone. However, SFPD Safe Zone was focused on the LGBTQ community and signage was only posted at district police stations in San Francisco.
Now in 2018, we restructured the SFPD Safe Zone program to the SFPD Safe Place program to address all of our diverse communities. This program designates Safe Places throughout the City and County of San Francisco for everyone.
Provide a safe place for the community member until first responders (fire, medics, police, or other city resource) arrive.
Assist community member by providing first responders with relevant information and actions already taken.
Safe Place Tenants
- Safety with Respect
Partners, organizations, corporate sponsors, and affiliates will serve as Ambassadors ensuring dignity, safety and respect for all people; regardless of their race, creed, color, or gender preferences.
Community members seeking emergency assistance will be able to locate community partners and Ambassadors who are willing to provide a Safe Place for them.
- Reduction in Hate crimes, Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination
- Encourage crime reporting and Accountability
- Promoting trusting partnerships among law enforcement, community members, and merchants
- Access to resources, information and assistance
4 Simple Steps
- Place the signage in a visible area (preferably in the area of the front entrance/exit of the location).
- Advise community member who believes they are in harms way – seeking assistance – know you have called 9-1-1, 3-1-1, or the appropriate city resource.
- Provide a safe place for the community member until first responders (fire, medics, police, or other city resource) arrive.
- Assist community member by providing first responders with relevant information and actions already taken.
The San Francisco Police Department designated this a Safe Place. At all times, Safety with Respect, Compassion and Honesty for all individuals.