Safe House

Questions regarding our Safe House program may be directed to the volunteer Safe House Coordinator, who can be reached through police reception at 503.831.3516. 

To apply to become a Safe House participant, contact the Safe House Coordinator and request an application. Applications are also available at the Police Department office. 

The Dallas Police Department will perform a background check on all household members or employees, age 12 years and older. Background investigations will also be performed on any daily or weekly household help such as housekeepers, house-sitters or boarders, who normally occupy the residence between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.. 

Once you are accepted, you will have a brief training session in your home and a sign will be issued.


The purpose of a Safe House is to provide assistance to children who are frightened, injured, lost, victims or witnesses of a crime or involved in an emergency situation. 

Safe House participants are concerned adults who have volunteered to be available for the protection and assistance of children in need. Participation in the Safe House program is not restricted to the parents of school age children, but is open to any adult who is concerned about the safety of children. There are many retired people who participate in Safe House. You do not need to be home all the time either. Children need aid in the evenings and on weekends too. Businesses also make a great Safe House.

Program Outline & History

The Safe House Program began as the Block Home Program sponsored by the Crime Prevention
         Association of Oregon (CPAO).
In April 2002 the CPAO decided to discontinue the program and recalled all the Block Home signs.
The Dallas police chief at that time started a new, similar program, naming it "Safe House."
Our Safe House Program retained the same rules governing it as the old Block Home program, resulting
        in minimal changes for the volunteers and for the children.
During the summer of 2002, volunteers of the Block Home Program began exchanging their signs for the
        new Safe House signs. By the end of that summer, the transition to the new program was complete.
The current Safe House sign looks very similar to the old Block Home sign and is easy to identify.