First commissioning ceremony on September 1, 2004
The Lakewood Police Department began full operations on November 1, 2004. Over 95% of our initial hires are still proudly serving the citizens and visitors of the City of Lakewood.
Lakewood historically dealt with higher than average violent and property crime rates. Since the beginning of the Lakewood Police Department, however, several aggressive crime reduction programs and community partnerships have reduced the violent crime rates by more than 45% and overall crime rates by 24%. The new department has already been recognized nationally and regionally for diversity outreach and community policing programs.