Orlando police launch ‘safe place’ initiative for LGBT residents, visitors

Orlando police launch ‘safe place’ initiative for LGBT residents, visitors
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On Monday, the six-month anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre, the city of Orlando kicks off an initiative designed to make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people safer.

The Orlando Police Department will issue a new rainbow decal in the shape of a badge for offices, stores and organizations that want to participate.

“This location is a SAFE PLACE for victims of anti-LGBTQ crimes and harassment to call 911 and wait for police to arrive,” it says.

The city has printed 500 of the 5-by-7-inch decals, and already, most city buildings have been outfitted with them, said police spokeswoman Michelle Guido.

Orlando businesses and organizations are encouraged to take part and place decals on windows near their main entrances.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and police Chief John Mina plan to hold a news conference Monday at 12:15 p.m. at the LGBT Center of Central Florida on North Mills Avenue to kick off the initiative.

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