The City of Lakewood Launches Safe Place Initiative | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

The City of Lakewood Launches Safe Place Initiative

May 24, 2023

Lakewood Police Department one of the first in Ohio to adopt the innovative program

The City of Lakewood is launching the Safe Place Initiative to provide “safe places” throughout Lakewood for victims and those at risk of hate crimes, harassment, and bullying. The program is led by the Lakewood Police Department, with Lakewood being one of the first cities in Ohio to adopt the program, which was first developed by the Seattle Police Department.

The Safe Place initiative is an innovative, community-based approach to safety and policing that builds relationships to assist victims of crimes that tend to be underreported – such as hate crimes and harassment of different groups. The Safe Place initiative has been adopted by over 300 police departments across the US and beyond.

“The City of Lakewood is always exploring innovative methods to address safety holistically and to be a welcoming community for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Meghan George. “This initiative helps to build relationships between our businesses, community, and police department and to send the message that Lakewood takes these issues seriously and will address them proactively.”

Businesses and organizations interested in participating in the initiative can contact the Lakewood Police Department to engage in a brief training and receive a branded Safe Place sticker that will be placed prominently on the window or door indicating they are a Safe Place.

“When an individual sees a Safe Place sticker, they know that there are people inside who care and that they can come through the door and access help immediately,” said Patrol Officer Arianna Zuk, who helped develop Lakewood’s program. “We hope the initiative will encourage real-time reporting of these incidents which will enable us to respond quickly and efficiently and make our community a safer place for everyone.”

Businesses interested in becoming a Safe Place can visit for more information.

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