Civilian Careers

How to Apply

The Howard County Police Department is a nationally accredited agency dedicated to creating a better quality of life for the citizens of Howard County. Our employees demonstrate the highest standards and are guided by the agency’s values: Integrity, Pride and Community.

Full list of current Howard County career opportunities

Emergency Communications Operators (Dispatchers)

The Communications Division is a mixture of specially trained call-takers, dispatchers and supervisors who handle all police, fire and emergency medical services calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The division is managed on a day-to-day basis by a combination of police and fire supervisors, under the command of a police lieutenant.

Emergency communications operator qualifications:

  • U.S. citizen
  • High school diploma or GED
  • No criminal record

Applicants must be able to pass a written exam, physical exam, typing test, panel interview, background investigation and psychological screening.  

No application necessary before testing date; candidates must provide a valid form of identification upon arrival at the test. 

Check back soon for future testing dates.

Crossing guards

School crossing guard is a part-time, contingent, non-benefitted position that works 10-20 hours per week. The position pays $14 an hour. No experience needed. Uniforms provided. 

School crossing guards for the 2019-20 school year are needed at the following locations:

  • Fulton Elementary (Laurel)
  • Hanover Hills Elementary (Hanover)
  • Hollifield Station Elementary (Ellicott City)
  • Jeffers Hill Elementary (Columbia)
  • Laurel Woods Elementary (Laurel)
  • Talbott Springs Elementary (Columbia)

View the flier for more information. 


A police cadet is a pre-entry level civilian position in the police department. The cadet assists police officers and members of the public with non-criminal incidents and provides support for various divisions of the police department. Some of the typical duties include providing assistance with clerical and communications functions, presenting programs to the public, transporting evidence and providing personnel support at special events in the county.

Starting salary for a full-time cadet is $31,721.

Police cadet qualifications:

  • 18-21 years old
  • U.S. Citizen
  • High school diploma or GED 
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • No criminal record

Testing for cadets will resume in the fall of 2019.

Police application steps
Sample written test
Physician’s authorization form (required for physical testing)

For additional information, contact the recruiter at 410-313-HCPD or email