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Citizen-provided security camera footage is increasingly becoming an invaluable asset to LWPD, helping establish leads and identify perpetrators. Surveillance video recorded by cameras owned by residents and business owners has resulted in the arrests of numerous criminals. SafeCam is your opportunity to make the neighborhood in which you live and work a safer place for the entire community. Registering your camera not only helps deter crime, but assists the Department in its overall crime prevention strategy in your neighborhood. Click here to learn more.


SafeCam Registration


Citizen's Police Academy

The Citizen's Police Academy is a part of Lake Worth's Crime Prevention program.

The Citizen's Police Academy is an eleven-week program (that includes graduation) designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Lake Worth Police Department.  The instruction is comprehensive consisting of lectures, demonstrations, and tours.  Each week separate areas of the department are covered. 

Instruction Includes:  Community Policing, Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure, Criminal Investigations, Patrol Operations, Use of Force Training, Communications, Crime Scene Processing, and Firearms Safety/Training.

Our goal is to educate the public about the Lake Worth Police Department and to increase rapport between citizens and police officers.

To find out when the next class is being offered or if you would like more information contact Citizen's Police Academy Coordinator at (817) 237-1224 Ext. 310 or by email

READY TO APPLY?  Download our Citizen's Police Academy application or pick one up from the Lake Worth Police Department and return your completed application to the Lake Worth Police Department.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Citizens Police Academy Information Page

"H.E.A.T." - Help End Auto Theft

H.E.A.T. is a FREE statewide vehicle registration program administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety that helps law enforcement officials identify stolen vehicles.

A vehicle registered under the H.E.A.T. Program will display a State of Texas H.E.A.T. decal that authorizes law enforcement officers to stop the vehicle and verify ownership, between 1:00 am and 5:00 am, anywhere in Texas.  The vehicle may also be stopped if crossing the Texas/Mexico border.

WHY ENROLL?  A car is stolen in Texas every five and a half minutes.  More vehicles are stolen between 1:00 am and 5:00 am than any other time.  In 2003 more than 98,000 vehicles were stolen in Texas.  In 2005, more than 93,471 vehicles were stolen in Texas.  Simply by enrolling, you make it a lot harder for a thief to drive away in your car.

Enrolling is easy. Apply by mail:

Department of Public Safety
Texas H.E.A.T. Program
P.O.Box 4143
Austin, Texas 78765


Vacation House Check

As a service to the citizens of the City of Lake Worth, the Lake Worth Police Department offers free vacation house checks.  Patrol Officers will periodically check the exterior of your home while you are away.  This service helps to deter potential burglars and provides for additional security while your house is unoccupied.

This service is not recommended for citizens that have friends or family that will be at the residence regularly for such things as yard work, caring for animals or using the amenities at the residence.

If you are interested and will be on vacation for at least one week, but not more than two weeks, you can sign-up for this service by completing a Vacation House Check form and returning it to Lake Worth Police Department prior to leaving on vacation.  Forms are also available at Lake Worth Police Department.

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