In an effort to “ensure a respectful, courteous and compassionate encounter with police.”, Greg Suhr, chief of police for San Francisco, announced at a press conference April 15, 2013 that police stations will be posting LGBT Safe Zone signs in station windows. From KTVU.com:
The signs are part of project that came together after an assault in the Mission District in February, where a member of the transgender community was attacked after leaving a bar, Mission station police Capt. Bob Moser said.
The colorful, bold signs indicate the station as a safe space, where victims can feel comfortable and speak to a trained professional.
“We’re a police department for everybody,” Suhr said.
He spoke about a history of distrust of police that needs to be replaced with a mentality of a progressive, accepting police force — which includes members of the LGBT community within its ranks.
The program, organized through the chief’s LGBT Community Advisory Forum that works with Castro-based organizations Castro Community on Patrol and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, aims to dissuade the gay community that they will be re-victimized when reporting a crime.