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Citizens Advisory Council

The Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) consists of active community leaders who volunteer their time and energy to address law enforcement services in Howard County. Meetings are held with police leadership on a monthly basis and provide a forum for citizens to provide input on police services, facilitate a spirit of cooperation between police and community, assist in the development and perpetuation of crime prevention programs and aid in the identification of long-range departmental goals.

The CAC meets the third Wednesday of each month in the Community Room at Police Headquarters (3410 Courthouse Dr. in Ellicott City) at 7:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail In lieu of the April meeting, members attend the departmental awards ceremony.

Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) Report on Community Policing: Oct. 2016 Status Review

Interested in joining the CAC? Email

Application to join the Citizens Advisory Council | Background packetConsent for release form

Agenda: Jan. 2019 | Feb. 2019 | March 2019 | May 2019 | June 2019 | July 2019 | Sept. 2019 | Oct. 2019 | Nov. 2019 | Dec. 2019 | Jan. 2020 | Feb. 2020

Minutes: Jan. 2019 | Feb. 2019 | March 2019 | May 2019 | June 2019 | July 2019 | Sept. 2019 | Oct. 2019 | Nov. 2019 | Dec. 2019 | Feb. 2020

Citizens Police Academy

The Howard County Police Department offers county residents the opportunity to participate in this free, interactive, 12-week course that gives participants an inside look into the department’s day-to-day operations and provides an understanding of the kind of training police officers receive in Howard County. Classes are taught by police instructors in a police academy setting at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center in Marriottsville.

Participants will experience:

  • Tours of the police department, training center, crime lab, and 911 call center
  • Courses on traffic laws and enforcement, police use of force, community policing, human trafficking, gang investigations, drug overview, and more
  • Presentations by the department’s K9 and tactical units
  • Interactive firearms training on a firearms simulator and police pursuit and driver training
  • Ride-along with a police officer

Participants must:

  • Be Howard County residents
  • At least 18 years old
  • Have no criminal record
  • Commit to attend a minimum of 10 of the 12 sessions to receive a certificate of completion

We are now accepting applications for the Citizens Police Academy starting April 20, 2020. Applications are due by April 3, 2020.


Return to: Jillian Hershberger
Howard County Police Department
3410 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
or email to:

Questions? Call 410-313-3740 or email

Howard County Police Foundation

The foundation of our community.
The foundation of our vision.

The Howard County Police Foundation.

Established in 1994, the Howard County Police Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported by local businesses that aids the police department in funding and promoting programs to improve public safety and quality of life in the community. By teaming business leaders with law enforcement, the foundation better addresses common concerns, establishes goals and ensures Howard County remains a great place to live, work and play. Learn more about the Howard County Police Foundation at its website:

Ride Along Request

To request a ride along with a Howard County Police Officer, use the following application:

Ride Along Program Application


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. For more information, or to apply, click here.