community & store safety

From our stores to the communities where we do business, we work hard and partner with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of our guests and our team members.

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working together

We know that building effective public and private partnerships are an important part of creating safe communities. Each year, we work with thousands of organizations across the country in areas like law enforcement and emergency management to provide funding, resources, and training for their officials. And whenever we can, we connect businesses in the private sector to bring even more support for the programs that keep our communities safe. 

community connections

DC youth partner with Target and Blue

For over 25 years, through our Target & BLUETM program, we have supported public safety agencies by sharing our resources and expertise to help build safer, more vibrant communities. Through programs like Heroes & Helpers and resources such as our forensic services labs, we help cities make strides toward a higher standard of safety.

our forensics services labs

First opened in 2003, the Target Forensic Services Laboratory maintains two ASCLD/LAB accredited facilities (one in Minneapolis and one in Las Vegas) specializing in latent print, video, and audio analysis. Our labs provide forensic science support for internal and external investigation partners, including some pro-bono assistance to domestic law enforcement agencies.

public safety-focused grants

Through our Community Engagement Fund (CEF) grants, we also provide public safety agencies and their 501c3 partner organizations with support for crime prevention projects, programs, and events. Contact your local Target store or distribution center's Assets Protection team for more information around these public safety-focused community grants. 

kids at a National Night Out event

national night out

Each year our store and distribution center teams participate in National Night Out, which are crime prevention celebrations designed to help build positive connections between public safety partners and the community. These nationwide events, which vary in size and style, also encourage neighbors to get to know one another. Our teams support these focuses by connecting with local public safety agencies, neighborhood groups, and other retail partners to plan and attend these community-led events.

secure, inside and out

Building safer neighborhoods starts in our stores, so we put technology in the hands of our specially trained staff to keep guests and team members safe. We have also created a "safety toolbox", designed to help promote a safe environment and discourage theft while keeping our shelves well stocked for our guests.

our store safety toolbox

Take a look at some of the important tools and talent we use to keep our stores safe.


  • A top-notch surveillance camera systems keep watch over guests, team members and their vehicles.
  • Strategic parking lot lighting and landscaping prevent crime by increasing visibility.
  • Those big, red concrete balls on the sidewalk keep cars from driving onto the curb.
  • Our Assets Protection team members conduct parking lot patrols. 


  • More surveillance cameras watch over guests, team members and products.
  • Limited backroom access protects team members from potential security risks.
  • Our shopping carts are specially designed to be difficult to tip over.

our position regarding firearms in our stores

While we continue to follow local laws regarding "open carry" policies, we also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target, even in communities where it’s permitted. Your cooperation helps us fulfill our goal to create an atmosphere of family-friendly shopping that’s safe and inviting for our guests and team members.  

heroes and helpers event

heroes & helpers

Our annual Heroes & Helpers events pair public safety officials with community youth for holiday shopping sprees in many of our stores. These events help promote positive interactions between kids and the public safety officials that work in their neighborhoods. Through our 2017 program, we worked with agencies to host over 270 events in our stores across the U.S., impacting more than 16,000 kids and their families. 

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We want people to know that police officers are approachable, and Target is all about being fun, approachable and involved in our community. That makes them a great fit as our National Night Out partner.

Sgt. Chris Purvis
Hyattsville, Md., Police Department