Public Safety: Howard County Police Department Community Policing Efforts
The Howard County Police department is fortunate to have a strong relationship with the community and is committed to outstanding public service and understands the community is the cornerstone of their success.
The police-community partnership is one of several vital methods used to reduce crime in our communities. Community policing is about building relationships with the community, knowing its businesses and organizations, meeting its residents and most importantly, having trust and communication between these groups. With those things in place, our combined efforts can not only solve crimes, but also prevent them from happening.
The Howard County Police department recently expanded its Community Outreach Section to a Division, in order to enhance services and partnerships. Our expanded outreach efforts include:
- A mental health liaison, who is a trained mental health professional to assist with mental illness concerns that come to the attention of the police department.
- A multicultural liaison officer to address the needs of the diverse cultures of the Howard County population.
- A senior citizen liaison officer to address the needs of the growing aging population.
- Seven neighborhood community resource officers throughout the county.
- Northern and Southern district Community Resource officers.
In July, Howard County citizens will see even more police presence on the hundreds of miles of pathways throughout the county with the addition of a pathway patrol section.
We’ll also be adding a sworn officer to work with our civilian mental health liaison, and a youth liaison to work with our many youth organizations throughout the county.
To extend our outreach in our multicultural communities, we’re creating a new community partnerships program. The goal of this initiative is to enhance police-community relations through a series of informational forums in the faith community and to continue to build public trust in police.
We will also continue our commitment to being a transparent agency that welcomes review and input. Our Citizens’ Advisory Council will be assisting us in that regard.
To arrange a forum with your organization, please feel free to contact the Outreach Division at 410-313-2207 or email us at HCPDOutreach@howardcountymd.gov.