Mission RCMP to join Safe Place program

Businesses can become a safe place for members of the LGBTQ community who feel threatened

The Mission RCMP, in partnership with the local business community, is joining the Safe Place program.

The BC RCMP are now launching the program across the province.

The Safe Place program, which was originated in Seattle and currently runs in Vancouver, allows for businesses to self-identify as a Safe Place for members of the LGBTQ community and will offer them shelter if they are feeling either unsafe or if they are a victim of an anti-LGBTQ crime.

“This is a great initiative and another resource we can utilize to ensure that Mission remains a safe community to live in,” said Corp. Nathan Berze of the Mission RCMP Community Support Enforcement Team.

In the Safe Place program people who feel that they are the victim of anti-LGBTQ crimes or harassment enter the business and stay there until police are able to attend. Participating locations sign a pledge promising that they will instruct their employees to assist victims and witnesses of anti-LGBTQ crimes.

It’s the desire of the Mission RCMP to promote acceptance and inclusion in the community while protecting people who may feel they are at risk.

If you are a local business or establishment that wishes to become involved in the program, please contact Jamie Nokes at the Mission RCMP Crime Prevention Office at 604-820-2722.

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