Lakewood has taken steps to ensure that guests and visitors to the city's hotels and motels will experience as safe an environment as possible by adopting a licensing program for lodging facilities.
City Council approved the new licensing program last week to address an
inordinate number of calls for service concerning crime and disorder at lodging
facilities throughout the city. There are 44 hotels and motels in Lakewood, and
they generated more than 2,900 calls in 2017. About half the homicides in the
city since 2015 have also occurred at a lodging facility.
goal of the program is to develop a beneficial relationship between the city
and lodging facilities that will foster the best business practices at hotels
and motels, provide direct contact with the Police Department and create
improved safety and security in the community.
will ensure the safety of customers, law abiding operators, surrounding
residents and Lakewood Police agents and others responding to these
businesses,” said Mayor Adam Paul. “This program is addressing concerns we’ve
heard from our residents and other businesses.”
licensing program includes the following provisions:
- Facilities will have
to obtain a one-year renewable city license.
- A facility can be
placed on probation or have its license suspended or revoked based on a variety
of factors including health violations or criminal activity.
- The Lakewood Police
Department’s Community Action Team will conduct inspections and provide
education to lodging operators about best business and other practices.
licensing program comes after years of the Police Department working with
lodging facilities through voluntary programs to address the number of police
calls the facilities generated, and it is modeled after similar programs in
other cities including Denver.
Posted on: Tuesday, March 05, 2019