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.

We are not currently able to attend in-person events due to COVID-19. To request a video meeting or presentation, fill out a request form. Call 410-313-2207 or email 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

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,
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Cpl. Marc Lay, 410-313-0520,
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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

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

Senior Community Liaison 
PFC William Kreitzer, 410-313-2207,
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044 

Asian Community Liaison 
PFC Stella Dieu, 410-313-0272,
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044   

Multicultural Community Liaison 
PFC Christopher Cromwell, 410-313-6085,​
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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:

Section Supervisor
Sgt. Mark Orlosky, 410-313-2207,

Mental Health Liaisons
PFC Meghann Holloway, 410-313-6087,
Genevieve Laporte, 410-313-6017,

Click here for more information on HCPD's focus on mental health!

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Neighborhood Community Resource Officers

Neighborhood Community Resource Officers (NCROs) are embedded in specific communities, developing relationships with the neighborhood residents, businesses, and faith organizations, and addressing neighborhood concerns. These officers are a great resource for community issues and can often help guide residents to a resolution. Here's a list of FAQs related to community issues.

Supervisor, Neighborhood Community Resource Officers
Sgt. Jeremiah Poehlman, 410-313-4607,
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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

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

North Laurel Community
PFC Devin Ross, 410-313-0636,
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20723

Oakland Mills Community
PFC Roberto Lopez, 410-313-5805,
5820 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045

Owen Brown Community
PFC James Bossi, 410-313-6206,
7154 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

Wilde Lake Community
PFC Corey Immer, 410-313-7523,
5485 Harpers Farm Road, Columbia, MD 21044

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. Matt Tanis, 410-313-0273,

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