Safe Place



Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) SAFE PLACE is a program designed to provide members of the LGBTQ+ community and victims of human trafficking a safe place to call for police assistance. MPD SAFE PLACE will further enhance the relationship between MPD, the LGBTQ+ community and local businesses.

MPD will provide free decals and signage to local businesses that are interested in participating. The decals are displayed on the entrance of the business to clearly advertise the symbol of safety for the victims of crime and a warning to those who commit those crimes.

Milwaukee Police LGBTQ+ Liaison Information:

Police Officer Juliana Nailen (She/Her and They/Them)

Police Sergeant Guadalupe Velasquez (She/Her)

(414) 242-6155

Business Sign up:

Displaying the MPD SAFE PLACE program at your place of business will greatly assist in the safety and security of the LGBTQ+ community and provide victims of human trafficking a safe environment to ask for assistance. The LGBTQ+ community and victims of human trafficking will come to recognize the MPD SAFE PLACE symbol as a sign of safety that indicates your business or organization is willing to assist in protecting these victims.

For a business to participate, the following guidelines are requested:

  • Have a public space that can be easily accessible
  • Apply the MPD SAFE PLACE decal on the entrance to your establishment (Preferred to be 3-5 feet from the ground)
  • Allow any victim(s) of crime to enter and remain in the public area of your business until Milwaukee Police arrive
  • Either call or assist the victim(s) in calling 911
  • If the victim(s) leave prior to police arrival, then call back 911 and provide a physical description of the victim(s) and/or suspect(s)

All applications will be reviewed to ensure the above mentioned conditions are understood.  Once approved, a welcome packet will be distributed to the participating business.  

The Seattle Police Department created the Safe Place Program out of a need to address the low reporting of anti-LGBTQ+ crimes.  The Seattle Police Department has copy written and trademarked the Safe Place Program concept and logo.  They have licensed the Milwaukee Police Department in the usage of their Safe Place Program to include the program concept and logo.  For additional information on the Seattle Police Department Safe Place program please reference