Kelowna 'Safe Place' Program Put on Hold Pending Consultation

Written on 02/25/2021
Taysha Jarrett

The RCMP has put their 'Safe Place' program in Kelowna on hold and offered an apology for not consulting with the Kelowna Pride Society.

In a news conference Tuesday, Supt. Kara Triance apologized for what she says was the "poor rollout" of an initiative where businesses, schools and other organizations in the central Okanagan city could sign up to be designated safe havens for LGBT people. 

"We deeply regret a misstep and a failure in that process," said Triance. "We moved ahead too quickly with the release of this program within Kelowna."

In a news release Monday, the Mounties said it would provide decals and posters for institutions to display on the front of their premises, showing they can provide shelters for LGBTQ people who need to call the police for help.

Winston Szeto - CBC News

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(Image Credit: Kelowna RCMP)