What is Safe Place?
The DPD SAFE PLACE program is modeled after the Seattle Police Department's SPD SAFE PLACE program.
It is a program sponsored by the Denver Police Department to partner with the community, for the purpose of assisting victims of crime (specifically anti-LGBTQ bias motivated crimes). The program's purpose is to encourage reporting of these crimes, reduce Anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment by public awareness, and to provide a physical safe space for victims of crime, while they await the arrival of police.
History of the Program:
The program was started by LGBTQ Liaison officer (Jim Ritter) of the Seattle Police Department, in May 2015. The program became a quick success and has since spread to several cities in the U.S. as well as some other countries in Europe and Asia. The DPD has permission from SPD to use the logo and program as long as DPD follows the concepts and philosophy of the original SPD SAFE PLACE program.
Who Can Participate?
Participants are businesses, schools, and organizations that agree to do two things:
**NOTE: THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE PARTICIPATION BY PRIVATE RESIDENCES.
Why Is This Program Needed?
Cities throughout the US are experiencing an increase in Bias motivated crimes. Most of these crimes ARE NOT reported to police.
This program encourages the reporting of these crimes. It also educates the public on the fact that these crimes are still occurring.
It is a public awareness campaign that also has a physical component to keep a victim safe while awaiting the arrival of police.
The Denver Police Department sees the value of accurate reporting of all crimes, so appropriate strategies can be utilized to reduce and prevent crime.
This low cost program is fully in line with the DPD Mission Statement: In partnership with the community, we endeavor to operate a police agency with a focus on preventing crime in a respectful manner, demonstrating that everyone matters.
The LGBTQ Liaison Officer strengthens the relationship between the LGBTQ community and the Police Department by creating mutual trust and confidence in the Police through community involvement, departmental education, and the provision of fair and professional policing services.
The DPD LGBTQ Liaison Officer:
Any Denver business or school wanting to be a Safe Place should contact DPD LGBTQ Liaison Lieutenant Michael Wyatt at 720-913-2800 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.