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National Night Out

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the Howard County Department of Police is joining up with the National Town Watch Association to sponsor the 32nd Annual National Night Out. Residents are invited to join the thousands of other communities across America in supporting this crime prevention effort by turning on outside lights and spending time at neighborhood events and block parties.

The event is designed to:
• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
• Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
• Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

If you plan to coordinate an event in your community, please complete and return a registration form by July 28. A list of registered community parties can be found here.


Coffee with a Cop

The Howard County Police Department will be hosting a monthly community outreach event, Coffee with a Cop, the first Thursday of the month beginning April 2. 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 at the Laurel McDonald's from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thurs., Aug. 6.


Medication Disposal Boxes

The Howard County Police Department and HC Drug Free have unveiled 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 new permanent boxes will be fixtures maintained by the police department that will 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).

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 2015. The program will be held March 14, April 25, May 16, June 20, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 12. 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, please click here.

Public Safety Message

The Howard County Police Department has teamed up with the Columbia Association to provide the community with important messages about public safety. In our latest edition, Chief Gary Gardner and Lt. Jen Reidy discuss the expansion of our community policing efforts. 


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