The Lakewood Raising the Bar Program is designed to provide crime prevention tools and best practices for Lakewood Bar/Tavern owners and managers. With this knowledge, calls for service to their businesses should be reduced and the crime rate lowered allowing patrols to spend less time at these businesses.
This is achieved through regular meetings between Lakewood business owners, Lakewood Police Department, the Washington State Liquor Control Board and West Pierce Fire Department, as well as continuing education regarding the reduction in crimes and calls for service common to these specific businesses. LPD and the Washington State Liquor Control Board visit bars and taverns with increased call volume on a monthly basis in addition to routine patrol to insure that the provided tools and best practices are being implemented.
The Lakewood Police Department has received national awards for innovative programs such as "Raising the Bar."