About Safe Place

About Safe Place

The City of Miami Beach and the Miami Beach Police Department are committed to the safety & welfare of all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/ Questioning, Intersex, & Asexual (LGBTQIA+) residents & visitors.

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Join Initiative

Join Initiative

Fill out a form to request a decal to display. This symbol carries important responsibilities that will greatly assist in protecting LGBTQIA+ victims of crime.

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View Map

View Map

View map of all of the Safe Place participating businesses and organizations.

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Report LGBTQIA+ Crimes

Report Crimes

If you are a LGBTQIA+ victim of, or witness to a crime, please report the incident to the police, either during, or immediately after it occurs by calling 911.

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About Miami Beach Safe Place

Miami Beach Safe Place


The City of Miami Beach and the Miami Beach Police Department are committed to the safety and welfare of all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) residents and visitors.


The Miami Beach Police Department recognizes that the LGBTQIA+ community is acutely vulnerable to unprovoked acts of violence. Therefore, we have launched the safe place initiative, which was established to provide victims, specifically individuals of the LGBTQIA+ community who have been subjected to a hate crime, a safe location to seek assistance.

The Safe Place initiative grants the Miami Beach Police Department the opportunity to further enhance its partnership with local business, municipal facilities, and other organizations - via collaborative efforts. Each participant will be provided with a distinguishable ‘Safe Place’ decal, which will be posted, and easily identifiable by victims of a LGBTQIA+ biased hate crime.

Anyone who seeks solace in a Safe Place location can be assured that if they are the victim of a crime, police will be promptly called.

In addition to the 911 police response to these incidents, MBPD has LGBTQIA+ liaisons, Officer Christopher Bess and Cecile Houry, who have built partnerships within the LGBTQIA+ community, and are resources for any questions or concerns our residents or visitors might have.

Quick Tips

  • Your location: 911 Operator will confirm your location.
  • Your injuries: 911 Operator will call medics while talking with you.
  • What was said: Tell the 911 operator and the responding officer if the suspect(s) used words to indicate a hate crime.
  • If you meet someone: Tell your friends where you’re going and describe the person you’re with.
  • If your date begins to stalk or harass you: Tell them clearly to stop. If they don’t, call 911.
  • Know your date: Try to find out as much about your date as possible.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Try and walk in well-lit areas, with other people around.
  • Walk in groups, or with others nearby.