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San Francisco police precincts establish LGBT safe zones

SAN FRANCISCO -- The police chief said Monday that the city's 10 precincts will have space designated as safe havens for LGBT people to report crimes.

Police Chief Greg Suhr said colorful signs labeled "LGBT Safe Zone" will be posted inside precincts so that LGBT people can be assured that they will be treated with respect, dignity and compassion.

"We're a police department for everybody," Suhr said.

The police chief said he was working to change a distrust of the men and women in blue, and to reshape the department into a progressive, accepting police force.

The program was organized through the LGBT Community Advisory Forum and members that include the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Castro Community on Patrol and the Community Patrol USA (CP-USA). The mission is to prevent LGBT crime victims from being re-victimized by reporting the crime.

Click HERE to visit the Facebook page called "Stop the Violence," which details the LGBT Safe Zones project. The Twitter identification: @STVSF.