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General Orders are regularly updated, changed, combined and sometimes rescinded to better serve the citizens and the police department in Howard County.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.

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
ADM-10 Hate Bias Incident Management
ADM-11 Departmental Reporting System
ADM-12 Code of Conduct
ADM-13 Uniform and Professional Appearance
ADM-14 Media Relations Public Affairs
ADM-15 Access to Restricted Files
ADM-16 Departmental Deaths and Critical Injuries
ADM-17 Organizational Direction and Structure
ADM-21 Transfer Policy
ADM-23 Departmental Vehicle Policy
ADM-25 Memorandum of Recognition
ADM-26 Counseling Form
ADM-27 Field Training and Evaluation Program
ADM-28 Recruitment and Fair Employment Practices
ADM-29 Promotion of Sworn Personnel
ADM-32 Selection of Sworn Personnel
ADM-33 Performance Evaluation
ADM-35 Citation Control
ADM-37 Budget and Fiscal
ADM-38 Mobile Data Computer Procedures
ADM-39 Grant Policy
ADM-45 Court Procedures
ADM-46 Administrative Reports
ADM-47 Personnel Utilization
ADM-48 Line Inspections and Equipment Protocols
ADM-50 Duty Status
ADM-51 Physical Fitness and Facilities
ADM-55 Youth Services
ADM-58 Accreditation Policy
ADM-59 Publications and Forms Control
ADM-60 Volunteer Program
ADM-61 Leave and Overtime
ADM-63 Selections of Civilian Personnel
ADM-64 HCPD Goals and Objectives

Operational orders

OPS-01 Death Notifications
OPS-05 Noise Ordinance Enforcement
OPS-06 Smoking Ban
OPS-16 Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations
OPS-17 Police Bicycle Patrols
OPS-20 NCIC Guidelines
OPS-21 Alcohol and Underage Persons
OPS-24 Victim Assistance
OPS-36 Crime Analysis
OPS-37 Task Force
OPS-39 False Alarm
OPS-41 Drug Recognition Expert
OPS-43 Airborne Bloodborne Pathogens
OPS-44 Sexual Offender Registration
OPS-46 Stolen Vehicle Recovery Systems
OPS-47 Radio Communications
OPS-50 School Issues
OPS-51 Watch Commander Duties
OPS-53 Aviation Unit 
OPS-58 Fire Investigation
OPS-59 Animal Control Call-out Procedures
OPS-63 Digital Cameras and Images
OPS-64 Banning Notices
OPS-67 School Resource Officers
OPS-68 Severe Weather
OPS-70 Polygraph Examinations
OPS-71 Missing Persons
OPS-72 Vulnerable Adult Policy
OPS-73 Temporary Detention Procedures
OPS-75 Protective & Peace Orders

Union contracts

Union contracts can be found under County Administration/Human Resources, click here to view.

Applications and forms

Following is a list of quick links to applications and forms available on our website:

911 recording request form
Abandoned motor vehicle disposal form
Citizen's Advisory Council application
Citizen's Police Academy application
Complaint against personnel form #1715
Crime report request form
Internship application
LEOSA application
Meeting request form
Physician's authorization form
Ride along request form
Special event permit application
Volunteer application