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Police: Community policing & resource officers

Community policing offices, also known as satellite offices, provide local residents and merchants with the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with a police officer dedicated to the neighborhood. The Howard County Police Department utilizes community policing offices throughout the county as part of the community-oriented policing philosophy that emphasizes cooperation between police and community members and problem solving.

Community policing offices are staffed by a dedicated Howard County officer and support personnel who are responsible for communicating with community members about crime and safety, addressing citizen concerns, attending community meetings, participating in community events, providing an active police presence in the community and conducting enforcement.

The officer, known as a neighborhood community resource officer, frequently conducts foot and bike patrols in the neighborhood and patrols the area in a marked police car.

Additionally, the community policing office coordinates Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch and hosts an annual celebration each August for National Night Out.

Residents are encouraged to visit the community policing office and introduce themselves to the neighborhood community resource officer.

All Howard County officers who patrol the neighborhood regularly utilize the community policing office to meet with residents and conduct police business. Although the office is not staffed 24 hours a day, residents can expect to see police in the office during days, evenings and weekends.

In case of emergency, do not call the community policing office. Call 911.


Community policing satellite offices


Harper’s Choice Community Policing Office
5485 Harpers Farm Road, Columbia, MD 21044
Neighborhood Community Resource Officer: PFC Jeremy Bowers, jbowers@howardcountymd.gov 

Civilian community liaison: Tim Wolfe, twolfe@howardcountymd.gov

Long Reach Community Policing Office  

8775 Cloudleap Court, Suite M, Columbia, MD 21045
Neighborhood Community Resource Officer: PFC Jared Dean, jdean@howardcountymd.gov  

North Laurel Community Policing Office
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20703
Neighborhood Community Resource Officer: PFC Erik Gillenwater, egillenwater@howardcountymd.gov 

Civilian community liaison: Emma Young, eyoung@howardcountymd.gov 


Oakland Mills Community Policing Office
5820 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045
Neighborhood Community Resource Officer: PFC Luke Buchanan, LBuchanan@howardcountymd.gov

Owen Brown Community Policing Office
7154 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045
Neighborhood Community Resource Officer: PFC David Sharpe, dsharpe@howardcountymd.gov

Wilde Lake Community Policing Office
10451 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, MD 21044
Neighborhood Community Resource Officer: PFC John Simcox, jsimcox@howardcountymd.gov 


Main Street Community Policing Office
8267 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Neighborhood Community Resource Officer: PFC Travis Turner, tturner@howardcountymd.gov 

Civilian community liaison: Nina Frolov, nfrolov@howardcountymd.gov  


District station community resources


Howard County police also provide community policing support for neighborhoods not listed above. Both county districts have a designated community resource officer to serve the county’s northern and southern areas.

Northern District Community Resource Officer (Clarksville, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Western Howard County)
3410 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
PFC Bonita Linkins, blinkins@howardcountymd.gov

Southern District Community Resource Officer (Columbia, Jessup, Laurel and Savage)
11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel, MD 20723
Ofc. Steven Mitzel, smitzel@howardcoundmd.gov