Community Outreach

About the Community Outreach Division

The Howard County Police Department operates under the Community Policing model where the community is a partner with the police department in the process to fight crime. Community policing uses community partnerships along with problem-solving strategies in order to make Howard County a safe place to live and work. Through these partnerships, Howard County aims to build trust with the community, so it can feel supported and protected, while feeling comfortable coming forward with information about what is going on in your own communities in an effort to solve the problems together.

Community Outreach efforts are conducted by all Howard County Police officers, but specific officers from the Community Outreach Division, Neighborhood Community Resource Section and Pathway Patrol Section are specifically selected to head up these efforts.

In addition to daily outreach by these officers, HCPD also conducts a monthly Coffee with a Cop event. Monthly on the first Thursday, HCPD partners with a local business to provide coffee and time to sit and chat about what’s happening in your community. Look for Coffee with a Cop dates in our upcoming events and on Facebook and Twitter.

Outreach officers are also available to attend your community, church or neighborhood gatherings, events, parties or meetings, whether for an educational session, Q&A forum, or just to get to know us. To schedule an event, meeting or presentation, fill out a request form. Call 410-313-2207 or email with questions.

Community Outreach Officers

Community Outreach Officers develop community programs and presentations and address neighborhood concerns for senior and multicultural populations, as well as for communities who do not have an otherwise designated Neighborhood Community Resource Officer.

Supervisor, Community Outreach Section
Sgt. Stephanie Wall, 410-313-2207,
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Northern District Resource Officer (areas north of Rt 108)  
PFC Casey Viou, 410-313-3015,
3410 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Southern District Resource Officer (areas south of Rt 108)
PFC Steven Mitzel, 410-313-3755,
11226 Scaggsville Rd, Laurel, MD 20723 

Senior Population Liaison 
PFC Andre Lingham, 410-313-6089,
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046    

Multicultural Population Liaison 
PFC Bonita Linkins, 410-313-6085,
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Mental Health Resources

Mental health has been at the forefront of law enforcement concerns for many years, with increased emphasis over the last few as school shootings, mass casualty incidents, officer-involved shootings, and officer and civilian injuries involving a person with mental illness have plagued the news media.  One in four people live with mental illness, and one in 17 live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.

In partnership with the Howard County Mental Health Authority, a full-time mental health liaison has joined the police department:

Mental Health Liaison
Genevieve Laporte, 410-313-6017,

More information on HCPD's focus on mental health: Mental Health Crisis: What Happened? What's Next?

Neighborhood Community Resource Officers

Neighborhood Community Resource Officers are embedded in specific communities, developing relationships with the neighborhood residents, businesses, and faith organizations, and addressing neighborhood concerns.  They operate out of police satellite offices.

Supervisor, Neighborhood Community Resource Officers
Sgt. Perry Thorsvik, 410-313-4607,
11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel, MD 20733

Harper’s Choice Community
PFC Jeremy Bowers, 410-313-5790,
5485 Harpers Farm Road, Columbia, MD 21044

Long Reach Community
PFC Jared Dean, 410-313-7455,
8775 Cloudleap Court, Suite M, Columbia, MD 21045

North Laurel Community
PFC Erik Gillenwater,410-313-0636,
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20703

Oakland Mills Community
PFC Luke Buchanan, 410-313-5805,
5820 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 20145

Owen Brown Community
PFC David Sharpe, 410-313-6206,
7154 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 20145

Wilde Lake Community
PFC John Simcox, 410-313-7565,
5485 Harpers Farm Road, Columbia, MD 20144

Main Street Ellicott City and Elkridge Communities
PFC Travis Turner, 410-313-1448,
8267 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Pathway Patrol Section

Pathway Patrol officers patrol the 190+ miles of pathways and trails in Howard County on mountain bikes and electric motorcycles.  This section provides a year-round, highly-visible police presence on pathways and in residential areas. The team works to deter crime, address quality-of-life issues and allows officers to interact more directly with community members. Officers are able to maneuver in areas not easily reached by police cruisers or that are too large to cover by foot.

Pathway Patrol Section Supervisor
Sgt. Eric Kruhm, 410-313-2207,