ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orange County Sheriff John Mina, along with members of the LGBTQ community, elected officials, business leaders and business owners will launch the OCSO’s LGBTQ Safe Place Initiative, on Monday, June 10.
The kickoff event will be hosted by OCSO’s first business partner in this venture, Mango’s Tropical Café, at 8126 International Drive, Orlando.
The mission of the LGBTQ Safe Place Initiative is to provide the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community with safe places throughout the city they can turn to if they are the victim of crime or harassment. The message is simple: this is a safe place for the LGBTQ community. Anyone being harassed or threatened can enter this business and it will be a safe haven — they can use the phone to call the police and wait inside if they need to.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has always been committed to the safety of all of our residents and visitors. Through the LGBTQ Safe Place Initiative, our LGBTQ community and visitors will have access to safe places throughout Orange County where they can turn if they are a victim of crime or they feel harassed or threatened.
Through the Safe Place Initiative, OCSO will provide decals to local businesses and other organizations and those entities will clearly post them as a symbol of safety for the victims of LGBTQ crime or harassment.
Anyone who seeks solace in a Safe Place location can be assured that if they are te victim of a crime, deputies will promptly be called. In addition to the 911 law enforcement response to these incidents, OCSO has several LGBTQ liaison deputies who have built partnerships within the LGBTQ community and are a resource for any questions or concerns our residents or visitors might have.
The Safe Place Initiative was started by the City of Seattle Police Department in 2015 and has been adopted by many law enforcement agencies across the nation.