Explore opportunities to be part of specialized teams after a two-year probationary period.
The Community Action Team (CAT) implements innovative community crime prevention, community resource referrals and takes enforcement action. The team is responsible for working with the homeless, those with mental illness conditions and verifying sex offender compliance. The team develops proactive crime prevention strategies based on crime data, type, geographic area and community concerns through programs which include: National Night Out, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), Business Crime Prevention – WARN, Neighborhood Watch and other programs. They participate in community presentations, including the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program, Hotel/Motel Interdiction and handle general quality of life service requests.
The Lakewood Police Traffic Team is dedicated to motorist and pedestrian safety. This is done through statistic-driven enforcement, special events and tips and requests from our community. While all patrol agents are responsible for traffic safety in Lakewood, the Traffic Team is focused on this single goal. Traffic Detectives are responsible for investigating hit and run traffic collisions while the Lakewood Police Traffic Team is involved in numerous enforcement and special city events such as marathons and enforcement campaigns.
The Special Enforcement Team (SET) is responsible for tracking and suppression activities along with proactive police contacts with gang members. The team provides directed enforcement intended to impact the most pressing criminal activity, locations, offenders, patterns, graffiti and trends of gang activity. SET will respond, handle and investigate a variety of gang-related crimes, career criminals, warrant arrests and graffiti.
The K-9 Unit responds to incidents involving tracking and locating individuals eluding capture and provides officer protection. It also is used for detection of narcotics. The K-9 unit is called upon in many types of situations, some due to the danger agents would be exposed to and others because of K-9’s unique and often superior senses. Before ever being used in the field, the team of handler and K-9 teams undergo extensive training. Training continues on a regular basis for as long as they are a part of the K-9 unit.
The Lakewood Police Department Mills Substation is a limited service police station housing seven agents, two detectives, and a sergeant. The agents in the station proudly serve northwest Lakewood. The substation facilitates a closer relationship between the department and the community using a community-oriented policing philosophy called Sector-Based Policing. The Colorado Mills Mall Team was developed to handle the traffic, criminal and non-criminal issues specific to the mall and surrounding areas.
The Lakewood and Wheat Ridge Police departments merged SWAT Teams to form the West Metro SWAT Team. The SWAT team serves both cities and consists of a Tactical Unit, a Negotiations Unit and tactical dispatchers. Members are specially trained and equipped to respond to handle incidents requiring resources beyond the scope of normal police operations. Such incidents include armed, barricaded suspects; hostage situations; sniper situations; high risk warrant service; and other high risk incidents.
The Investigation Division is primarily responsible for conducting follow-up criminal investigations, collecting, preserving and analyzing physical evidence; arresting suspects; filing criminal cases; and assisting with the prosecution of those cases. Detectives can specialize in Major Crimes, Crimes Against Children, Juvenile Crimes, Crimes Against Property, Economic Crimes, ATF Task Force, Metro Gang Task Force, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, West Metro Drug Task Force, Sex Offender Tracking & Registration, Computer Forensics, and a Special Investigations Unit.
This task force is a metrowide effort comprised of personnel from multiple agencies from the metropolitan area’s police departments, sheriff’s offices, the Attorney General’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Information Analysis Center. The Colorado Legislature granted funding to create the task force to deter the incidents of motor vehicle theft, apprehend and prosecute those who are involved in motor vehicle theft and reduce the costs associated with motor vehicle theft. The team is funded through a grant from the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA). The Lakewood Police Department participates in C-MATT by providing overall command, as well as supervisory, investigative and crime analysis personnel.
School resource officers are assigned to the middle and high schools and are a resource to staff and students. In addition to their regular police duties, resource officers give presentations, investigate crimes on and off campus and provide avenues of support.
School resource officers build positive relationships with students that benefit the schools and our community. SROs also have rewarding opportunities to influence and help students reach their potential.
Lakewood Police Department offers a number of other opportunities including Police Academy Instructor, Hazardous Materials Team, Firearms Instructors, Arrest Control Instructors, Drive Track Instructors, Recruitment Team, Crime Scene Investigator, Peer Support Team, Field Training Agents, Crisis Intervention Trained (CIT), Public Information Officer, Critical Incident Response Team, Child Abduction Response Team, Drug Recognition Expert, Bicycle Patrol, Traffic Accident Investigator, promotional opportunities, and more.