Chief Mike Zaro (253) 830-5000 • Fax (253) 830-5069 • MZaro@cityoflakewood.us
Station address: 9401 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98499; Phone: (253) 830-5000

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The Community Oriented Policing Section, or COPS unit, is comprised of four Neighborhood Police Officers (NPO). Each NPO is assigned to districts throughout Lakewood. NPO's are fully uniformed, commissioned Police Officers who are focused on resolving crime problems and improving the quality of life in their assigned district.

The NPO provides a consistent police presence and builds ongoing relationships with citizens, businesses, and other groups. They work very closely with the Community Safety Resource Team (CSRT)  . They problem-solve neighborhood issues, involve those parties that are affected, and call on additional resources, such as the Gang Unit, Special Operations Unit and outside agencies to help resolve the problem. They also work closely with other sections of the police department,the Department of Corrections, City building inspectors, the Fire Marshal, the State Liquor Commission, the Department of Health, and other agencies as appropriate to resolve neighborhood issues. They are your direct link to a Police Officer for neighborhood crime issues.

NPO's are highly skilled, highly trained and highly motivated police officers who have volunteered to take this specific role in their communities. NPO's differ from regular patrol officers in that they don't get radio-dispatched to calls. Instead they are given the flexibility and tools to address long-term criminal problems that don't respond to a simple quick arrest. NPO's have a high degree of latitude to conduct their operations and are able to flex their work schedules as necessary to obtain results. Additionally, they maintain regular citizen contacts to develop that old-fashioned "cop on the beat" familiarity with their district's citizens and concerns.

Lakewood residents are committed to working in conjunction with the Lakewood Police Department and have helped to create a cohesive, proactive and extremely effective partnership against crime with the Community Policing Unit.