The Guelph Police Service is pleased to announce the launch of the Safe Place program. The program partners with the residents, businesses and organizations in the City of Guelph, to assist victims of hate-motivated crime and incidents in the LGBTQIA2S+ community. It provides a secure location for victims to report a hate-motivated crime and to get the assistance they need, with compassion and dignity.

Participating businesses and organizations will receive a specially designed Safe Place sticker to be placed prominently on their front window. This sticker will serve to notify members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community that they are committed to providing safety to the victim by allowing them to enter the business or organization, provide them with shelter and safety, and by assisting the victim in contacting police to report hate-motivated crimes and incidents. 

Businesses and organizations that wish to participate in the Safe Place program must pledge to:

  • participate in the program in its entirety
  • provide training to its employees and/or volunteers on the program
  • post the sticker on its front window to showcase its support
  • instruct employees and/or volunteers to assist any victims and/or witnesses involved in anti-LGBTQIA2S+ crimes or incidents by helping them to call police, or by calling police on their behalf while providing them with shelter and safety until police arrive

To make this pledge and join the program, please email the Guelph Police Service LGBTQIA2S+ community liaison officer Constable Abigail Campbell at acampbell@guelphpolice.ca. Please include the following information in your email:

  • Name
  • Business/Organization
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Number Of Stickers Requested

Constable Campbell will respond to your email and will aim to deliver your sticker within two weeks. She can also be contacted at 519-824-1212 ext. 7111 with any questions.

Answers to commonly asked questions about the Safe Place program:

 What is the Guelph Police Service's SAFE PLACE Initiative?

The logo is a law enforcement sponsored concept that enhances public education regarding the reporting of Hates Crimes. This is achieved by forming an active collaboration between the police, businesses, social organizations & schools. GPS Safe Place is designed to assist in making our community a safer place to live. The Safe Place initiative is currently in place in over 275 law enforcement jurisdictions throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. 

This program is for ALL hate crimes which include, Race, colour, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, or identity, mental, physical, or sensory disabilities, homelessness, marital status, political ideology, age, or parental status.

It says to any victim: That you will be heard, you will be treated with care, dignity and respect from the business you enter to find help in, as well as from the Police Officers who respond out to investigate. GPS Safe Place is not designed for residential use

 Which businesses & social organizations can participate in the Guelph Police Service's SAFE PLACE?

ALL of these entities are able to participate in the GPS Safe Place initiative ANYWHERE in Guelph, as long as they follow the two listed responsibilities below.

The Safe Place Program is ZERO cost to the business, GPS Safe Place is free to join. 

 What are my responsibilities to join?

Although this is a voluntary concept, there are responsibilities to become a member of GPS Safe Place. That responsibility is simple, quick, and free and just requires you to train/educate your employees/staff & management to do two things: 

  1. If a victim of any crime (especially a hate crime) enters your premise, call 911 immediately, unless otherwise directed not to do so by the victim themselves. 
  2. Allow the victim to remain on your premise until police arrive

If the victim leaves prior to police arrival, call back 911 and provide a physical description of the victim and/ or suspect(s), direction of travel and any injuries that you may have observed. As with any emergency situation your staff should use due care & caution when providing the victims of crime safe shelter, while being mindful of the safety of your patrons, co-workers and compliance with existing company policies. There is no extra liability to your business as we are not asking you to do anything you wouldn’t already do if a victim comes into your business. 

 Where do I put the Guelph Police SAFE PLACE decal?
The decal should be placed at the main public entrance, 3-5 feet off the ground and easily visible to anyone walking past your premise. 

To report a hate-motivated crime, please dial 911 if the incident is:

  • an emergency
  • in progress
  • an immediate danger to yourself or someone else

Otherwise, please call 519-824-1212.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee is very hard at work addressing needs within our multicultural and BIPOC communities. This committee aims to support community initiatives, promote inclusivity, implement outreach programs, develop relationships by engaging community members, provide education training and mediate in times of crisis. For further information, please click here.

Hate Crimes

The Guelph Police Service views any hate crime investigation as a high priority.

We recognize that racism, prejudice and bias exist, and we take all crime very seriously, especially crime that is motivated by hate. Hate is not welcome in our community. Click here for further information regarding hate crimes.

Hate Crime & Extremism Investigative Team

The Guelph Police Service is supporting the fight against hate and extremism in Ontario in order to ensure diverse and safe communities, through its participation on the Hate Crime and Extremism Investigative Team (HCEIT). The HCEIT is a network of 13 police services which co-ordinates intelligence gathering for police and provides specialized support on investigations into hate-motivated crimes. The team’s mandate is to conduct multi-jurisdictional strategic and tactical intelligence operations targeting individuals or groups involved in hate crime and criminal extremism. The HCEIT works closely with the Ontario Provincial Police, Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Security Intelligence Service and Canada Border Service Agency.