Officer Jim Ritter

While Seattle is generally one of the safest and most progressive cities in the United States, crimes and
discrimination related to the City’s LGBTQ residents and visitors unfortunately still occur. Officer Jim Ritter has been instrumental in getting SPD Safe Place off the ground. He dedicates himself to the success of the program, day in and day out.

Seattle Police Department Safe Place signage is displayed by local supporting community members,
businesses, schools, and organizations that work closely with SPD in an effort to reduce anti-LGBTQ crimes, reduce LGBTQ student bullying, and encourage the reporting of LGBTQ crimes.

Over the past two years, SPD Safe Place has reached more than 5,000 locations across the country. The
program continues to grow because of Officer Ritter’s dedication.

Nominated by: SPD Public Affairs

Excellence awards are highly competitive, and up to 10 awards in this category are given out each year to individuals or small teams. Emphasis is placed on performance of duties at a particularly high level where the individual or small team has shown a proven consistency of this level of performance, has tackled a long-standing problem through a creative solution, or has gone above and beyond the expectations of their position to impact a person or event for the better.