Thank you for your interest in the Lakewood Police Department. With the support of our more than 400 very dedicated employees, we continue to make this a safe city for residents and visitors. We do this by focusing on policing strategies that include regionalization, technology utilization, data-driven decision-making, and partnerships.
The Police Department has built on its regionalization efforts to include the consolidation of the SWAT team with Wheat Ridge, a county wide crime lab, a regional training academy and soon a county wide communications center. Regionalization provides the department with cost savings and enhanced services. More collaboration is already in the works.
The Lakewood Police Department is positioned to take advantage of new crime-fighting strategies and technologies. These include an expanded crime analysis and data-sharing role, the use of video cameras, and the use of evidence-based, data-driven deployment strategies. The ultimate goal is to reduce crime and quality of life concerns by focusing resources and strategies where they are most effective and needed.
Effective policing is done in partnership with the community. Lakewood is a leader in community policing, with its nationally recognized Crime Free Housing program, participation in local business and neighborhood associations, robust National Night Out program, and the hosting of two citizen police academies and one youth police academy annually. These are just a few of the community partnerships that make our crime-fighting efforts stronger.
Lakewood is changing to meet the needs of its residents, and in so doing, it is becoming an attractive destination for visitors, businesses, and homeowners. Improvements include the recent opening of the city’s first hospital and expanding medical campus; the light rail line; and the further expansion of Belmar, Denver West, The Colorado Mills, and Solterra. These improvements are only possible if people are and feel safe. The police will continue to support and help sustain the vision of a peaceful community by providing smart, friendly, and effective crime-fighting services in partnership with our residents.