Policies and Forms

Department policy

As part of our commitment to transparency and open communication with the public, the Howard County Police Department publishes a list of our official policies, known as General Orders, for public view. These policies guide all administrative and operational work for the members of the agency.  While every real-life situation is unique, these policies help guide the actions of our highly-trained officers and civilian employees as they perform their duties.

General Orders are regularly updated, changed, combined and sometimes rescinded to better serve the citizens and the police department in Howard County. By law, there are a few policies that have not been included on this list because their release could jeopardize operations or compromise officer or public safety.

Click here to view the department's organizational chart.

Administrative orders

ADM-01 Written Directives
ADM-02 Internal Investigations
ADM-03 Definitions and Terminology
ADM-04 Communications Correspondence Confidentiality
ADM-05 Awards and Commendations
ADM-06 Quality Assurance
ADM-07 Secondary Employment
ADM-08 Police Chaplain Program
ADM-09 Asset Seizure and Forfeiture