For over 25 years, we have connected with public safety agencies to build relationships and promote efforts that enhance neighborhood safety. Our commitment to creating strong, healthy and safe cities is alive today because of the dedication our team members have to their communities.
Whether our teams are volunteering their time at neighborhood events or connecting local organizations with communities through programs like Heroes & Helpers, we are focused on helping our 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.
learn more about our forensic labs
heroes & helpers
Our annual December Heroes & Helpers events are another way Target teams support and bring joy to their local neighborhoods. These events promote positive interactions between youth and the public safety officials from their neighborhoods by pairing them together for holiday shopping sprees in many of our stores.
As part of the program, public safety and city agencies work together to select the children participating in the events. The kids are then provided with donated funds raised by the partner organizations to help them get gifts and other items they may need.
Since 2009, our teams across the U.S. have hosted 2,300+ events, welcoming 100,000+ underserved kids to shop alongside 60,000+ public safety partners. Target has awarded more than $5 million in grants to support these joyful shopping events.
secure, inside and out
At Target, we believe the first step to building safer neighborhoods begins in our stores. From developing public safety partnerships to utilizing technology and strategic store designs, we take a multi-layered approach to security that helps us be better neighbors to our communities.
As part of this approach we created a “safe and secure toolbox” that utilizes innovative tactics and store design elements to mitigate crime and protect our guests and team members. A few of the toolbox features include:
- Strategic parking lot lighting and landscaping that deters crime by increasing visibility.
- Big, red concrete balls in front of many stores to protect guests by making it harder for cars to drive onto the curb.
- A no solicitation policy to provide guests with a distraction-free shopping environment.
- Merchandise protection strategies to prevent theft and keep items well stocked.
- Friendly service from our team members to foster a safe, enjoyable shopping experience for guests.
- Specially designed shopping carts that are more difficult to tip over.
tips for safe shopping
We always want our guests to feel safe and welcome, no matter where, when or how they shop with us. Here are a few things you can do to help make each Target Run extra secure:
- Lock your vehicle in the parking lot, and if possible, don’t leave valuables or expensive merchandise inside. (If you must, be sure it’s not visible from the windows.)
- If you see something unusual, feel unsafe or just need help, tell one of our security team members, stat. They’re specially trained to handle emergency situations, and work closely with law enforcement partners to keep our team and guests safe.
law enforcement assistance requests
Target is committed to partnering with law enforcement because we believe that the private sector has a responsibility to support law enforcement and criminal justice agencies in the interest of public safety. To assist in these efforts, we have created a secure site that allows Target and law enforcement agencies to collaborate. Using your government agency email address, please request access by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
our position on firearms in 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.
see more information about our policy
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. These grants are managed locally by our field teams, and interested agencies should contact their nearest Target store or distribution center’s Assets Protection team to further discuss the potential for public safety-focused funding.
learn more about public safety grants