The Lakewood Police Department has a national reputation for excellence; however; it is our relationship with the Lakewood community we are most proud of. Our agents make a positive difference in the lives of our residents and in the safety of our community. We are CALEA accredited and require a 4-year degree at hire for all sworn personnel.
You are encouraged to develop your skills throughout your career here. We are looking for those with a commitment to public service, law enforcement, customer service and those with innovative ideas. You’ll have opportunities to become part of specialized teams after the completion of a two-year probationary period.
The Lakewood Police Department began operations in May 1970 as the Lakewood Department of Public Safety, which was modeled in structure like the F.B.I., which is why our officers are called "Police Agents". While our structure is more traditional now, we have grown to a force of nearly 400 civilian and sworn employees. If you would like to learn more about the history of our department, please read our history book(PDF, 12MB) .
A career with the Lakewood Police Department offers meaningful work, a chance to make a difference in the community, lifelong friendships and the excitement of a career full of changing and unique, challenging experiences. We value our employees as individuals, and your skills and abilities are important to our agency and community. We believe in earning the trust of the public every day and inside our building, we believe in supporting each other.
Watch a video from former Lakewood agents who have gone on to become police chiefs as they talk about the legacy of Lakewood. A legacy which includes producing 75 law enforcement executives all around the country. Learn about the history of the LPD from the people who were there from the beginning.
Our agency is not for everyone; but if you share our high standards, believe in accountability, striving for excellence, and courageously and compassionately pursuing justice for a supportive community - you may find a home here with us.
About the City of Lakewood
Ideally located between the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the City of Denver, Lakewood, Colorado is full of possibilities for residents, businesses and employees. We’re a gateway to all the outdoor adventures of the mountains, such as in the Rocky Mountain National Park or ski areas like Vail and Breckenridge. We are just minutes from the heart of the Denver metro area, which is full of urban amenities including museums, cultural and performing arts centers like Red Rocks Amphitheater or the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the front range also has a strong dining and entertainment scene. Colorado is also home to multiple professional sports teams such as the three time Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche, Rapids and Rockies along with the Denver Broncos and Nuggets.
If you enjoy college sports or furthering your own education, we have many public and private college and universities in the area, including the University of Colorado, University of Denver, Colorado State University, Colorado Christian University and Red Rocks Community College.
More than 158,000 residents make us one of Colorado’s largest cities, and over a fourth of our 44 square miles is parkland and open space for hiking, fishing, golf and more. Lakewood is known for its innovative approaches, community collaboration and inclusive opportunities for all segments of our population. Our diverse neighborhoods range from urban-style lofts to rambling horse properties and everything in between.
Strong schools, a low crime rate, one of the most highly educated workforces in the country, home to global and local companies and a sunny climate all add up to make Lakewood a great place to live, work, and raise a family!
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