The Vancouver Police Department is following in Seattle’s footsteps and launching a “safe place” initiative for victims of crime and discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Seattle’s first ever full-time LGBTQ liaison officer Jim Ritter is in Vancouver applauding the move.
“The Safe Place symbolism sends a strong message to the victims of these LGBTQ hate crimes, and their police departments, community groups and schools indicating they will no longer stand idly by in silence as these hate crimes occur.”
Businesses are encouraged to sign up to receive a sticker to put in their windows indicating they will support victims of LGBTQ-related crimes and harassment.
Police say there are several assaults on members of the LGBTQ community every year.