Community Outreach

The Howard County Police Department operates under the community policing model where the community is a partner with the police department in the process to fight crime. Community policing uses community partnerships along with problem-solving strategies in order to make Howard County a safe place to live and work. Through these partnerships, Howard County aims to build trust with the community, so it can feel supported and protected, while feeling comfortable coming forward with information about what is going on in your own communities in an effort to solve the problems together.

An HCPD officer at a community kickball game.
Community Outreach Division
About the Division

The Community Outreach Division offers crime prevention and education programs to citizens and businesses and works with individual communities to solve issues as they arise. The division provides focused efforts and assistance to senior, youth, multicultural and Asian populations as well as general community groups. 

Tour, Presentation, Meeting Request

Due to COVID-19, in-person requests are being accepted on a case-by-case basis. To request an in-person or video meeting/presentation, fill out a request form below.

Call 410-313-2207 or email [email protected] with questions. 

Community Liaison Section

Community Liaison Officers develop community programs and presentations and address neighborhood concerns for senior and multicultural populations, as well as for communities who do not have an otherwise designated Neighborhood Community Resource Officer.

Community Liaison Section
Sgt. Samuel Honablew, 410-313-2619, [email protected]
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Cpl. Kyu Lee, 410-313-0275, [email protected]
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

PO Malak Soussi, 410-313-0272,
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Northern District Resource Officer (areas north of Rt 108)  
PFC Casey Viou, 410-313-3015, [email protected]
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Southern District Resource Officer (areas south of Rt 108)
PFC Steven Mitzel, 410-313-3755, [email protected]
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Senior Community Liaison 
PFC William Kreitzer, 410-313-2207, [email protected]
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044 

Asian Community Liaison 
Cpl. Kyu Lee, 410-313-0275, [email protected]
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044   

Multicultural Community Liaison 
PFC Christopher Cromwell, 410-313-6085, [email protected]
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Neighborhood Community Resource Officer Section

Neighborhood Community Resource Officers (NCROs) are embedded in specific communities, developing relationships with the neighborhood residents, businesses, and faith organizations, and addressing neighborhood concerns. These officers are a great resource for community issues and can often help guide residents to a resolution. Here's a list of FAQs related to community issues.

Supervisor, Neighborhood Community Resource Officers
Sgt. Jeremiah Poehlman, 410-313-4607, [email protected]
10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Ellicott City Community
PFC Jason Kindel, 410-313-1448, [email protected]
8267 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Harper’s Choice Community
PFC Brandon Frazee, 410-313-5790, [email protected]
5485 Harpers Farm Road, Columbia, MD 21044

Long Reach Community
PFC Will Smith, 410-313-7455, [email protected]
8775 Cloudleap Court, Suite M, Columbia, MD 21045

North Laurel Community
Cpl. Roberto Lopez, 410-313-0636, [email protected]
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20723

Oakland Mills Community
PFC Matthew Paul, 410-313-2614, [email protected]
5820 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045

Owen Brown Community
PFC Elijah Cortez, 410-313-6206, [email protected]
7154 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

Wilde Lake Community
PO Emily Alexander, 410-313-7523, [email protected]

10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Pathway Patrol Section

Pathway Patrol officers patrol the 190+ miles of pathways and trails in Howard County on mountain bikes, electric motorcycles and Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV).  This section provides a year-round, highly-visible police presence on pathways and in residential areas. The team works to deter crime, address quality-of-life issues and allows officers to interact more directly with community members. Officers are able to maneuver in areas not easily reached by police cruisers or that are too large to cover by foot.

Supervisor, Sgt. Matt Tanis, 410-313-4615, [email protected]
Cpl. Peter Monti, 410-313-0273, [email protected]
PFC Andrew Wollein, 410-313-3700,
PFC Jennifer Markley, 410-313-0270, [email protected]
PFC Benjamin Bowman, 410-313-0268, [email protected]
PFC Anthony Wallington, 410-313-0271, [email protected]

Mental Health Section

Mental health has been at the forefront of law enforcement concerns for many years, with increased emphasis over the last few as school shootings, mass casualty incidents, officer-involved shootings, and officer and civilian injuries involving a person with mental illness have plagued the news media.  One in four people live with mental illness, and one in 17 live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.

In partnership with the Howard County Mental Health Authority, a full-time mental health liaison has joined the police department; see contact information below this section. Click here for more information on HCPD's focus on mental health.

Section Supervisor
Sgt. Mark Orlosky, 410-313-2631, [email protected]

Mental Health Liaisons
PFC Jeremy Holroyd, 410-313-0110, [email protected]
PFC Stephanie Monte, 410-313-6087, [email protected]
Genevieve Laporte, 410-313-6017, [email protected]

Additional Resources
Community Partnerships

The department works closely with a number of diverse community organizations to ensure the needs of all Howard County residents are met. The Community Outreach Division serves as point of contact for those of different cultures, abilities, and the LBGTQ+ community to help address specific concerns.

HCPD has formal partnerships with the:

Informal partnerships include, but are not limited to the:

For more information, contact the department's Multicultural Community Liaison, PFC Christopher Cromwell.

Active Shooter Preparedness

The Howard County Police Department wants you to be prepared in the event of an active shooter incident in your house of worship, workplace or any public environment. These situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Because active shooter situations are often over within a few minutes, even before law enforcement can arrive on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with this kind of emergency. YOU are your own first-responder. Be prepared. Be smart. Be safe. Use the following information to learn more about the best ways to protect yourself and others.

  • RUN: Get away as fast as you can.
  • HIDE: If you can’t get away, learn the best ways to conceal and protect yourself.
  • FIGHT: If you are confronted and have no other options, fight for your life as your last resort.

Additional resources

Safety information specific to public gathering places

Mental Health
Public Safety

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