NJ Communities Join Campaign to End Hate

An anti-hate program that started earlier this year in Monmouth County is expanding to other parts of New Jersey.

The Safe Place initiative, which began in Seattle in 2015, has spread across the country and is now also taking hold in parts of Monmouth, Middlesex, Morris and Union counties.

According to Dorian Korieo, a Seattle police officer and founder of the international Safe Place program, it is designed to help all victims of hate, bullying and bias-motivated offenses including race, color, religion , gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression. identity, national or ethnic origin.

Protect the victims

He said the Initiative partners with businesses, schools, organizations and places of worship, “anywhere that is open and has a public space where a victim can wait for the police to arrive and a staff member can call 911 for her”.

He said that when a business joins Safe Place, if someone comes in and says they have been or are afraid of becoming a victim of a crime, “we ask the business owner to call 911 as soon as possible, if the victim was a victim of assault, time is running out, the longer they wait to call 911, the further the suspect can get further and further away.

He explained that they will stay in this Safe Place business until the police arrive.

Korieo said that when different companies and organizations join the Safe Space initiative, they display a rainbow sticker.

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Sending a message

“It not only sets a standard for hate crimes and bias crimes in their business, but it’s not acceptable in their neighborhood and they’re going to stand up against that.”

“We’re not asking these business partners to be the police, we’re just asking them to be good neighbors, to let the victims stay put and to call 911, that’s all we’re asking them to do. .”

He said if other businesses want to join Safe Place, they should contact their police department or county attorney’s office “or they can contact me, my website is spdsafeplace.com.”

The Safe Place Initiative program is also in effect in Canada and in several European cities.

David Matthau is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at david.matthau@townsquaremedia.com

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