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PO Box 609
118 W. Maple St
Centralia, WA 98531
Phone: 360-330-7680
Fax: 360-807-6210
Contact: Carl Nielsen, Chief of Police
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  What is Safe Place?

Thank you for your interest in the Centralia Police Departmentís Safe Place initiative, which is designed to assist the victims of hate/bias crime and to encourage reporting of those crimes.

In late 2018, the Centralia Police Department was contacted by a concerned community member who suggested we contact the Seattle Police Department regarding the Safe Place training. In mid-2019, the Centralia Police Department Command Staff met with the Safe Place creator, Jim Ritter, and quickly recognized the value that the Safe Place training and program would bring to our community.

Since that initial meeting, all Centralia Police Officers have gone through the Safe Place training. Additionally, the Centralia Police Departmentís Command Staff have met with community members about the training and is proud to sponsor the Centralia Police Department Safe Place to assist in making Centralia a safe place for all to live, visit, and work.

How can my business participate?

  • Submit an application
  • Complete required CPD Safe Place Training
  • Commit to the Safe Place principles
  • CPD Safe Place liaison officer will deliver decals to your location.

What are my responsibilities?

Although the CPD SAFE PLACE program is free and voluntary, it is important that you educate your staff regarding their responsibilities:

  • If a crime victim enters your premise, your staff should call 911 immediately on the victim's behalf.
  • Allow the victim to remain on your premise until police arrive.
  • If the victim leaves prior to police arrival, re-contact 911 and update the operator with the victim's and/or suspect's description and direction of travel.
  • As with any emergency situation, your staff should use due care and caution when providing the victims of crime safe shelter while being mindful of the safety of patrons, co-workers and compliance with company policy.

What if I need more decals or information?

Please email Deputy Chief Stacy Denham at sdenham@cityofcentralia.com or call (360) 330-7680.



 

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