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


The Professional Standards Section (PSS) is responsible for conducting background checks on all law enforcement applicants and volunteers, managing all internal affairs investigations, and works with WASPC Accreditation (Washington Association of Sheriff's and Police Chiefs) to maintain our standing as an accredited agency.

Being an accredited agency means that the Lakewood Police Department is being held to the highest standards set for Law Enforcement Agencies across the country. It is our intention to meet or exceed those standards and the Professional Standards Section is responsible for keeping the detailed records which show our compliance and success.

Conducting background checks are an important part of the hiring process for every Lakewood Police Department employee. The safety of those we serve as well as our fellow employees is paramount to LPD. We pride ourselves on the high standards we set for our employees, both prospective and current, and do our best to ensure that those standards will be met with enthusiasm and integrity.

As the agency’s Internal affairs division, we maintain a high level of confidentiality and professionalism. The PSS investigates all citizen and internal complaints of LPD employees to ensure the integrity of the organization. They also analyze trends in use of force, motor vehicle pursuits and agency involved collisions to make sure our training and policies meet the needs of the community.

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