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Get Started

Determine if your building qualifies

Not all buildings are appropriate to participate in the Safe Places program. Download this simple checklist to determine if your building qualifies.

Determine if your local law enforcement agency is participating

  1. Contact your local law enforcement agency and ask them if they are participating.
  2. If they aren't currently participating, your local law enforcement agency contacts the Seattle Police Department to learn about the requirements to participate in the Safe Place program.
  3. Once your local law enforcement agency and the Seattle Police Department have agreed upon participation, your facility can work with your local law enforcement agency to become a designated Safe Places program participant.

Sign up to be a Safe Places program participant

If your building is located in Seattle:

City of Seattle sign-up

If your building is located in Olympia:

City of Olympia program.

If you building is located in Tumwater:

City of Tumwater sign-up.

Take the pledge

Designating your building as a Safe Places program participant means your agency agrees to display either the Seattle Police Department or Olympia Police Department Safe Place symbol on a main window or door. It also means that building leadership and public facing employees are willing to assist and protect victims of crime by:

  1. Calling 911 when needed.
  2. Allowing victims to enter.
  3. Allowing victims to remain in the building until police arrive.

Communicate with your employees about your organization's participation

  • Change Management/Readiness checklist
  • Suggested cultural relevance training
  • List of definitions & terminology for the LGBTQ+ community
  • What do the different letters mean in LGBTQ+
  • Information about pronouns
  • History of the LGBTQ+ community

Communication templates and tools

  • All-staff announcement template
  • Q&A for employees