How to Apply

The Howard County Police Department Volunteers in Police Service Program (VIPS) is an opportunity to actively participate in making Howard County a safer place to live and work.

HCPD volunteers offer their talents, skills and abilities to support the services police provide to the community. Prospective volunteers are matched with identified needs in the police department. Opportunities vary, and may include clerical/office support, citizen services, and crime prevention. HCPD also offers unpaid internship opportunities; please see below for more information.

Volunteer Application

Minimum participation requirements:

  • Complete application and agreement form
  • U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • In good physical health
  • Pass a police background check


The Howard County Police Department runs unpaid internships for college credit-seeking students every spring, summer and fall. The program runs on a three month rotation through different divisions of the Department. The program is designed to give qualified students information regarding law enforcement careers. Students observe and participate in a variety of police department activities.


We are currently accepting applications for fall 2021 (subject to change due to COVID-19). Fill out the following form and submit it as instructed: Internship Application Form


Questions? Contact 410-313-2255 or policeHR@howardcountymd.gov

Auxiliary Officer Program

The police auxiliary program is an intense, demanding volunteer assignment requiring a commitment of at least 16 hours of service each month, including one special event. The program is a cost-effective method designed to increase the efficiency of the patrol officer while maintaining the departmental standard of high quality, timely public service.

The auxiliary officer performs a wide variety of support services to both the police officer on the street and the citizens of the county. Many of the auxiliary officers have received official commendations rec