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.

Due to COVID-19, in-person requests are being accepted on a case-by-case basis. To request an in-person or video meeting/presentation, fill out a request form. Call 410-313-2207 or email HCPDOutreach@howardcountymd.gov with questions.

Community Partnerships

The department works closely with a number of diverse community organizations to ensure the needs of all Howard County residents are met. The Community Outreach Division serves as point of contact for those of different cultures, abilities, and the LBGTQ+ community to help address specific concerns.

HCPD has formal partnerships with the:

Informal partnerships include, but are not limited to the:

To speak with the department's Multicultural Liaison PFC Christopher Cromwell directly, call 410-313-6085 or email ccromwell@howardcountymd.gov.

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. John Lloyd, 410-313-3700, jelloyd@howardcountymd.gov
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Northern District Resource Officer (areas north of Rt 108)  
PFC Casey Viou, 410-313-3015, cviou@howardcountymd.gov
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Southern District Resource Officer (areas south of Rt 108)
PFC Steven Mitzel, 410-313-3755, smitzel@howardcountymd.gov
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Senior Community Liaison 
PFC William Kreitzer, 410-313-2207, wkreitzer@howardcountymd.gov
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044 

Asian Community Liaison 
PFC Stella Dieu, 410-313-0272, sdieu@howardcountymd.gov
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044   

Multicultural Community Liaison 
PFC Christopher Cromwell, 410-313-6085, ccromwell@howardcountymd.gov​
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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