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Coffee with a Cop

The Howard County Police Department hosts a community outreach event, Coffee with a Cop, on the first Thursday of each month. All members of the community are invited to attend and enjoy coffee and conversation with members of HCPD’s newly expanded Community Outreach Division, local patrol officers and the department’s mental health liaison. Locations and times will be announced here and on the department’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The next event will be held Feb. 4,  from 9 to 11 a.m., at David's Natural Market, 5410 Lynx Lane, Columbia.


Community Bike Clinic

Come meet HCPD's Pathway Patrol Unit and learn important personal safety and biking tips! Feb. 20 from 2-4 p.m. at Wilde Lake Village Center's Slayton House - Dance Studio, 10400 Cross Fox Ln. in Columbia. More info. 


HCPD/Howard County Autism Society Partnership

Howard County police recruits are learning more than ever about autism, with enhanced training from the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) and a new service project to engage with and fundraise for the organization. The HCAS service project offers recruits first-hand experience with autism as they interact with children, adults and families affected by the developmental disorder. For more information about the partnership, please see our news release. Recruits will volunteer at several social events hosted by HCAS to engage with individuals and families with autism in positive, non-threatening environments. The recruits are also actively raising funds and seeking donations for a silent auction to be held at the HCAS 11th Annual Pieces of the Puzzle Gala, April 30. Donations of funds or items for the silent auction may be made online at www.howard-autism.org, with "HCPD" noted in the "Organization" field. Or checks may be payable to the Howard County Autism Society, 10280 Old Columbia Road, Suite 215, Columbia, MD 21046, noting "HCPD" on the check. The HCAS is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and donations are tax deductible.


Medication Disposal Boxes

Did you know you can dispose of your unwanted medication any day of the year at one of our three permanent drop off locations? They're OPEN DAILY YEAR ROUND! The Howard County Police Department and HC DrugFree have provided the community with three permanent medication disposal boxes in an effort to assist residents in disposing of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications safely and anonymously. The permanent boxes are maintained by the police department and allow residents to drop off unwanted medications 365 days a year. They are located at the Northern District Station (3410 Courthouse Drive in Ellicott City), Southern District Station (11226 Scaggsville Road in Laurel) and Gary Arthur Community Center (2400 Route 97 in Cooksville). The district station boxes are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The permanent box at the Gary Arthur Community Center is available when the center is open to the public: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. o 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and closed on holidays.

Collision Avoidance Training (C.A.T.)

The dates for HCPD's popular Collision Avoidance Training (C.A.T.) class for young drivers have been set for 2016. The program will be held March 19, April 16, May 21, June 25, July 23, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 10. Collision Avoidance Training is a defensive driving and vehicle control program for young drivers developed by the National Traffic Safety Academy. Participants must be ages 16-20 and must possess a valid Maryland "Class C" driver's license (no learner's permit) and bring a vehicle to drive during the practical exercises. For additional information about the program and how to register, please click herePLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE C.A.T. PROGRAM. 



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