Safe Place Initiative
What is Safe Place BPD?
The Baltimore Police Department is committed to the safety of all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) residents and visitors. The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) SAFE PLACE program creates safe locations for individuals to visit if they feel they have been a victim of anti-LGBTQ+ crimes. Signage is displayed by participating businesses and organizations that work closely with the Baltimore Police Department in an effort to reduce anti-LGBTQ+ crimes and encourage the reporting of LGBTQ+-related 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 Baltimore Police Department has an LGBTQ+ liaison officer who promotes partnership efforts between the BPD and LGBTQ+ community and can be a resource for answers to questions you may have.
The mission of the SAFE PLACE BPD program is to provide the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/ Questioning (LGBTQ+) community with signage and resources that provide easily accessible safety information. SAFE PLACE BPD is designed to further enhance the relationship between the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), the LGBTQ+ community, and local businesses by providing SAFE PLACE BPD decals and signage to local businesses and organizations and encouraging those entities to clearly post them at the entrances to their premises as a symbol of safety for the victims of LGBTQ+-related crime and a warning to those who commit those crimes.