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Howard County Police Welcome You to our Website

Chief William McMahon

Welcome to the Howard County Department of Police Web site. As you browse through our site, you will gain insight into the philosophy, goals and priorities of our Police Department.

You will learn about the men and women who serve our community and are dedicated to ensuring that Howard County remains a safe, prosperous place to live. Click on the Inside HCPD link to learn more about the agency and our various units.

Visit our News Room for up-to-date information about the police department and the Daily Crime Bulletin to learn about crimes committed in the last 24 hours. Click on our Crime Statistics link to get information about crime in your community.

Also, check out our Community Policing programs and the services we provide for crime victims. You can click on the Forms link to request a police report, permit application, ride along form or crime prevention presentation. We invite you to learn more about our Youth programs and charitable events.

If you are interested in working for the Howard County Police Department, please go to our Recruiting area, where you will learn more about our application process and current openings.

As always, we encourage you to take a moment to complete a Citizen Survey to offer your opinions and suggestions to the department.

Thank you for your interest in the Howard County Department of Police. We update our Web site regularly, so please visit us often!


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Reward of up to $500 offered for information about graffiti at North Laurel skate park

Community Athletic Program 2011 Summer Schedule

Recruitment opportunities:

Entry-level police officer

Lateral police officer

Police cadet

Testing in August for these recruitment opportunities:

Entry-level emergency communications operator

Lateral emergency communications operator

Consumer alert: Police remind residents to be cautious when hiring contractors for home improvements - a driveway paving scam has been reported recently

Consumer alert: Home events for gold appraisal or selling are illegal in Maryland

Senior Safety Day: Thursday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ellicott City Senior Center. Featuring safety presentations, displays of police and fire vehicles, vendors and giveaways.

Collision Avoidance Training for teens: Sign up now for Oct. 21 & 22; Nov. 18 & 19; Dec. 9 & 10

Safety tips: Stopping for an unmarked police car

Safety tips: Stopping for a marked police car


Aug. 9: Unbelted driver in critical condition after collision; police stepping up traffic enforcement in August with Toward Zero Deaths initiative

Aug. 9: 12 men arrested in third reverse prostitution operation of year

Aug. 8: Two teens injured in single-vehicle crash

Aug. 1: Police release new details in murder of child

July 29: Police to kick off National Night Out in Owen Brown on Tuesday

July 28: Police investigating two unrelated homicides

July 25: Shots fired at Columbia townhouse; no one injured

July 22: Juvenile charged for setting fire to playground

July 20: Police charge four teens in Savage carjacking

July 14: Police seek to identify lottery ticket robber; offer reward of up to $500

�ATENCION! Multicultural liaison available for Spanish speakers


2010 Annual Report (published in March 2011)

2010 annual crime summary (published in March 2011)

Maryland Sex Offender Registry

Fingerprinting services

Domestic violence information

Guide to county laws

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