What is BPD Safe Place?
Although Bellevue enjoys a low rate of violent crime, discrimination and crime related to the City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) residents and visitors still occur. The Bellevue Police Department is committed to the safety of all LGBTQ residents and visitors. The Bellevue Police Department (BPD) SAFE PLACE program creates safe locations for individuals visit if they feel they have been a victim of anti-LGBTQ crimes. Signage is displayed by participating community members, businesses, schools and organizations that work closely with the Bellevue 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 Bellevue 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. This web page also has resources for the LGBTQ community.
The mission of the BPD SAFE PLACE program is to provide the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/ Questioning (LGBTQ) community with signage and resources that provide easily accessible safety information. BPD SAFE PLACE is designed to further enhance the relationship between the Bellevue Police Department (BPD), the LGBTQ community, and local businesses by providing BPD 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. BPD SAFE PLACE also provides an instant and easy link to BPD and other LGBTQ resources.