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San Jose Police Department Launches "SAFE PLACE" Initiative to Combat Hate Crimes
Filed under Press Release, on 8/22/2019 6:00:00 AM by Author: Sergeant Enrique Garcia #2936.



Safe Place decal imageSan Jose, Calif. —  SAFE PLACE is a nationally recognized program that creates a partnership between the San Jose Police Department, local businesses and organizations who place a rainbow-colored SAFE PLACE decal at the entrance to their location. Participants must train employees to call police on behalf of any hate crime victim then allow the person to safely remain in the location until police arrive.

"We know it can be difficult for victims of hate crimes or hate incidents to come forward. SAFE PLACE sends a strong message that the community and the police department takes these crimes seriously. I hope that if someone is unfortunately victimized by hate they know that the police department and the community are here to support them," said San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia.

Created by the Seattle Police Department in 2015, the program originally was developed to combat anti- LGBTQ hate crimes but now is used to address all types of hate crimes and hate incidents. "The program is not just targeting victims - people who might consider spreading hate should take notice that this community has banded together and San Jose is not a safe haven for your bigotry,"said Chief Garcia.

SAFE PLACE launches today with all Starbucks and Wells Fargo locations participating. 

Tim Dubenko, Regional Director of Operations for Starbucks said, “We are excited to partner with SJPD and have all of our 62 locations in San Jose participate.” The Safe Place initiative, he said, “aligns with our company’s values and mission, which is to embrace diversity, create a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for everyone.”

Wells Fargo said all 25 San Jose branch locations would also participate.

Wiggsy Sivertson, who serves on the police department’s LGBTQ advisory board, also praised the new program and said, “Hate is an equal opportunity form of violence and the fact that business and the police are working together to address the problem is significant.”

The program launch date was set to align with Silicon Valley Pride activities happening this week leading up to the parade and festival where SJPD will be participating in both events.

Media availability with Chief Garcia, representatives from Starbucks, Wells Fargo, and LGBTQ community leaders can be arranged through the SAFE PLACE program coordinator and Department's LGBTQ Community Liaison, Officer James Gonzales at 408-893-7516 or

Visit for more information or to apply for the program.

BY: Officer James Gonzales #3771 AUTHORIZED BY: Sgt. Enrique Garcia #2936
DATE: 8/22/2019 TIME: 6:00 AM DATE: 8/22/2019 TIME: 6:00 AM


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