Agent Rob-Making a Difference

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Posted Thu, Nov 13, 2014

carinfrontoffireLAKEWOOD, Colo. Rob Albrets loves his job. He is a Lakewood Police Agent assigned to the Patrol Division where he works doing, “a lot of different things…and a little bit of everything.” Starting from the Police Chief to the newest officer, there are 250 police officers in the department. Lakewood’s population was 147,214 in 2013, making it the most populous city in Jefferson County.

THE ACADEMY

To be an agent, a candidate must first pass the six-month police academy. The Lakewood Police Department employment site encourages applicants by highlighting some of their benefits. “Paid training, advancement and special assignments are a few of the benefits making the Lakewood Police Department the choice of many who want a law enforcement career.”

FIRST CALL

The first call Albrets receives is a child welfare check at Belmar Elementary School, rolling into service. A Jefferson county social worker discovered bruises and marks on the face and neck of a 6-year-old boy at the school. Albrets elicits a confession from the mother and issues her a ticket for misdemeanor child abuse. Going forward, Social Services will be working on a plan with the mother.

A BUSY PLACE

The police vehicle is a busy place where everything is functional. For Albrets, this is his mobile office. Albrets has a computer screen and a keyboard immediately to his right. There is a speaker embedded in the passenger side front door spewing a cacophony of dispatcher and police officer voices. With all that verbal confusion, how can a person hear anything? “Oh, you get used to it,” Albrets says.

Photo by Pamela Barcheski

Photo by Pamela Barcheski

There is a metal and Plexiglas partition between the front and rear seats. The back seats are made of hard molded plastic that cannot be easily destroyed. The rear side windows are Plexiglas with metal bars on the outside of the windows. Only the front seats are normal. In back of the front seats and overhead there is a rifle. There is a machine that prints out tickets, a microphone and controls for overhead light bar. Everything is bolted to thick steel plates. The brain of the computer is conveniently tucked into the glove box.

THE MOST CALLS

The most frequent calls are for domestic violence, traffic accidents and warrants for arrest. The next call was for a hit-and-run traffic accident. A woman was driving her Yukon waiting at a light when the driver in front of her backed into her car and then drove away. She was able to write down his license plate number. There was light damage to the front of her vehicle. She took pictures with her cell phone and sent them to Albrets’ by email. In the police car, Albrets looked up the runaway driver’s license plate number and found a long record of accidents, lack of auto insurance and a suspended license. He drove by the suspect’s house, but his car was not there. Albrets said it is much better to stop at the scene of an accident than to flee. He said he would come back later to look for the car and the owner.

There is a great deal of independence in this job. Albrets says, “You use your own judgment.” Albrets started out with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism, but he did not like it at all. Eventually he found his way into law enforcement. “I Want To Make a Difference,” he emphasized. “I help vulnerable people and hold [other] people accountable. I enjoy trying to solve people’s problems.”

Lakewood crime rates http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/co/lakewood/crime/

Population 146,404

Lakewood Crime Data Crime Data FAQ

CRIME INDEX 8

(100 is safest) Safer than 8% of the cities in the US.

 

Lakewood Annual Crimes

VIOLENT PROPERTY TOTAL
676 6,721 7,397

 

annual crimes per 1,000 residents
4.62 45.91 50.52

Violent Crime Comparison per 1,000 residents

National Median 3.9

My chances of becoming a victim

in Lakewood 1 in 217

in Colorado 1 in 324

4.62 3.09
Lakewood Colorado

Population 146,404 Lakewood violent crimes

MURDER RAPE ROBBERY ASSAULT
REPORT TOTAL 2 94 148 432
RATE PER 1,000 0.01 0.64 1.01 2.95

Population 313,914,040 United States violent crimes

MURDER RAPE ROBBERY ASSAULT
REPORT TOTAL 14,827 84,376 354,522 760,739
RATE PER 1,000 0.05 0.27 1.13 2.42

Property Crime Rate Comparison per 1,000 residents

National Median 28.6

My chances of becoming a victim

in Lakewood 1 in 22

in Colorado 1 in 37

45.91 26.85
Lakewood Colorado

Population 146,404 Lakewood property crimes

 

BURGLARY THEFT MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT
REPORT TOTAL 917 5,196 608
RATE PER 1,000 6.26 35.49 4.15

Population 313,914,040 United States property crimes

BURGLARY THEFT MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT
REPORT TOTAL 2,103,787 6,150,598 721,053
RATE PER 1,000 6.70 19.59 2.30

Crimes Per Square Mile

National Median 39.3

166 42
Lakewood Colorado

 

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4 Responses to “Agent Rob-Making a Difference”

  1. Nancy Says:

    This is a really informative article, I like the drop box on crime statistics in Lakewood compared with the nation. Agent Rob sounds like he really cares about making a positive impact in Lakewood resident’s lives.

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  2. David Says:

    Glad to have a cop like that in Lakewood.

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  3. Micheal Says:

    Weeeee, what a quick and easy soliuton.

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    Conhece o Alvarinho? É assim uma espécie de riesling mais frutado e ‘verde’ pouco ácido. E também há um ‘Tormes’ (casta Avesso) que é uma transição entre o maduro e o verde — fresquinho é uma coisa deliciosa, com peixe ou mariscos.

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