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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 7:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail

Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) Report on Community Policing 2015: Status Review

Application to join the Citizens Advisory Council
Consent for release form

February 2017 meeting minutes
March 2017 meeting minutes

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 what it is really like to be a police officer 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, crime lab and 911 call center
  • Courses on traffic laws and enforcement, defensive tactics, use of force, community policing, criminal investigations, gangs and more
  • Presentations by the department’s K9 unit and tactical unit
  • 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 all 12 sessions

Upcoming academies: The next Citizens Police Academy will be held in September 2017. For more information, call 410-313-1364.

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