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General Orders are regularly updated, changed, combined and sometimes rescinded to better serve the citizens and the police department in Howard County.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

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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-18 Retiree Handgun Purchase
ADM-21 Transfer Policy
ADM-22 Automatic External Defibrillators
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 Departmental Members
ADM-33 Performance Evaluation
ADM-34 Substance Abuse Policy
ADM-35 Citation Control
ADM-37 Budget and Fiscal
ADM-38 Mobile Data Computer Procedures
ADM-39 Grant Policy
ADM-44 Education and Training
ADM-45 Court Procedures
ADM-46 Administrative Reports