LMPD Safe Harbor
What is LMPD Safe Harbor?
While Louisville is generally one of the safest and most compassionate cities in the United States, crimes and discrimination related to the City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) residents and visitors unfortunately still occur. The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) is committed to the safety of all LGBTQ residents and visitors.
LMPD SAFE HARBOR signage is being displayed by local supporting community members, businesses, schools and organizations that work closely with the LMPD in an effort to reduce anti-LGBTQ crimes, reduce LGBTQ student bullying and encourage the reporting of LGBTQ crimes. These are also locations supporting safe and secure places for victims of anti-LGBTQ related crimes and harassment. Calling 9-1-1 and waiting for police to respond is essential for holding suspects accountable and reducing hate crimes and harassment in general.
In addition to the 911 police response to these incidents, the LMPD has an LGBTQ liaison officer who promotes partnership efforts between the LMPD and LGBTQ community and can be a resource for answers to questions you may have.
The mission of the LMPD SAFE HARBOR is to provide the LGBTQ community with signage and resources that provide easily accessible safety information.
LMPD SAFE HARBOR is designed to further enhance the relationship between the LMPD, the LGBTQ community and local businesses by providing LMPD SAFE HARBOR decals and signage to local businesses and organizations and encouraging those entities to clearly post them at the entrances to their premise as a symbol of safety for the victims of LGBTQ crimes and a warning to those who commit those crimes. LMPD SAFE HARBOR also provides an instant and easy link to the LMPD and other LGBTQ resources.
The LMPD recognizes that social categories such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, mental, physical or sensory handicap, homelessness, marital status, age, parental status, gender, class or political ideology and the associated discrimination and disadvantage that may occur to an individual and/or group is all interconnected and must be addressed collectively instead of separately.