LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Louisville police are working to stop bullying and crimes against the LGBTQ community.

"LMPD Safe Harbor" is an effort to reduce anti-LGBTQ crimes, and student bullying. The program will also encourage people to report these crimes if they see them happening.

Safe Harbor locations are areas that are safe and secure for all victims including those of anti-LGBTQ related harassment.

Starbucks locations across Louisville will be designated as "Safe Harbor" location. Starbucks employees will be trained by LMPD on the appropriate response when anyone comes to a Safe Harbor location. Starbucks will have signs inside all of its Louisville stores. 

LMPD Chief Conrad along with Louisville's Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman launched the initiative at the Starbucks on Factory Lane Wednesday morning.

"We are looking, and are hopeful, that other businesses will see the value of investing in our community by helping the victims of crime by providing a harbor for them while waiting for the police to arrive," Chief Conrad said.

"LMPD takes anti-LGBTQ hate crimes very seriously, and this is another example of how they are ratcheting up their efforts to make certain the community knows that type of behavior will not be tolerated in Louisville," said Hartman.

The training for employees includes calling 911 and making sure the victim stays on the property until police get there.

All 24 Starbucks locations in the Louisville area are participating.

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