Largo Police Department Introduces Safe Place Initiative to Combat Hate Crimes

Deputy-Chief-Ann-Starling,-Ofc.-Alex-Rocha,-and-Chief-Mike-LouxThe Largo Police Department (LPD) is proud to announce the launch of the Safe Place Initiative, a program that provides a haven for victims of all hate crimes and harassment. This initiative encourages businesses to unite against hate by becoming designated Safe Places, offering victims a secure environment to call 911 and wait for police assistance.

Originating from the Seattle Police Department in Seattle, Wash., the Safe Place program has gained widespread adoption across the United States, Canada, and internationally, with nearly 300 law enforcement agencies utilizing it. The Largo Police Department, alongside agencies like the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Tampa Police Department is proud to bring the Safe Place Initiative to our community.

The program reinforces LPD’s commitment to creating a safe community for residents and visitors in Largo. Businesses taking part in the initiative will showcase the Safe Place decal at their main public entrance, showcasing their dedication to fostering inclusivity and protection.

"This program is another showcase of the Largo Police Department’s commitment to ensuring the safety of all of our community members," said Largo Police Chief Mike Loux. "I would encourage all interested business partners in our community to join our effort to help provide a safe place for those in need."

Businesses interested in joining the Safe Place Initiative can contact Ofc. Alex Rocha with the Largo Police Department by emailing [email protected] for more details. By working together, we can ensure that Largo remains a welcoming and secure community for everyone.