In 1969, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County officially became the City of Lakewood - the fourth-largest city in Colorado. The Lakewood Department of Public Safety became operational on May 3, 1970, and in 1980, its name was changed to the Lakewood Police Department.
The new department predictably experienced growing pains but continued solid development under the leadership of seven police administrations. At this writing in 2018, the eighth and current chief, Dan McCasky, and a command staff of three division chiefs, Anita Koester, Stephen Rickels, and Ed Loar, lead a department of more than 400 employees and 100-plus volunteers. The department has relocated several times through the decades. In 1984, it moved to its permanent site at 445 S. Allison Pkwy.
Since 1970, the motto: Integrity, Intelligence, Initiative has defined the way the department does business. The goal of every employee is to serve the citizens of Lakewood with the highest level of commitment. In 1986, the Lakewood Police Department was the second agency in Colorado - and the 24th in the nation - to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. To maintain this accreditation, the department is required to meet more than 479 nationally recognized law enforcement standards every three years.
An extensive department history is detailed in a recently published book celebrating its 40th anniversary, "A Celebration of Excellence, The Lakewood Police Department, 1970-2010".
- Order a copy of "A Celebration of Excellence, The Lakewood Police Department, 1970-2010", ($10).
- Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Belmar location of the Jefferson County library system. The Standley Lake Library has a reference-only copy.