Howard County Police Department (Maryland)
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|Howard County Police Department|
|Seal of Howard County, Maryland|
|Flag of Howard County, Maryland|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||U.S. state of Maryland, U.S.|
|Map of Howard County Police Department's jurisdiction.|
|Size||252.04 square miles|
|Headquarters||George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland, 21043
|Agency executive||William J. McMahon, Chief Of Police|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
From the founding of Howard County until 1894, the county's law enforcement resposnibilities were handled by the Howard County Sheriff's Office (HCSO). In 1894, the Howard County Commissioners were granted the power to appoint local police officers in designated jurisdictions inside the county to aid in law enforcement duties. The Howard County Police Department (HCPD) in its current form was founded in 1952, by Chapter 496 of the Acts of 1894, in sections 17.200 through 17.206 of the Howard County code.
After the founding of the HCPD, Howard County Commissioner Norman E. Moxley appointed his brother Edgar Russell Moxley chief, with four officers and a population of 20,000. Moxley was followed by Fred L Ford, who served until December 1962. By 1963, Howard County had 21 police staff employed, serving 44,000 (2095 to one ratio). The County placed a goal of 1370 to one ratio by 1975. Jack L. Larrimore served as police chief from 1963-1969. Counter-insurrection training was added in 1965. Larrimore ran for County Executive in 1969, against Omar J. Jones who did not renew his commission.
James N. Robey was appointed Chief of the 295 officer force by Charles I. Ecker replacing Frederick W. Chaney in 1991. He retired in 1998 to run for County Executive. Wayne Livesay retired in 2006 to run for County Council.
The agency itself is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. All HCPD officers are fully certified, sworn law enforcement officials. The authority originates with an act of legislation performed by the Maryland General Assembly.
- Aviation - The HCPD aviation unit operates one Bell 407 helicopter, which is shared with Anne Arundel County at the Tipton Airport. The helicopter has been out of service since a May 31, 2013 crash at Wilde Lake High.
- Emergency Services Unit
- Bike Patrol
- Criminal Investigations (CIB)
- Traffic Enforcement
- Youth Services
- Auxiliary Police (Volunteers)
- Education and Training
- Warrants Division
- SWAT team
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Howard County's Office of Law has attempted to block civil suits against the HCPD, citing legislation that binds the corporate entity of the HCPD to the corporate entity of the Howard County government, the latter of which being impervious to legal action unrelated to county legislation. Many claim this action is a direct violation of their right to petition in the government for redress of grievances.
- Howard County QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau
- State of Maryland. "Police Department". Howard County, Maryland - Government, Executive Branch, Public Safety. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
- "Howard Police Chief Charged". The Baltimore Sun. 13 May 1956.
- "Edgar R. Moxley, 98, Howard County Police Department's first chief". Baltimore Sun. 16 Feb 2005.
- "Howard unit picks Miller". The Baltimore Sun. 5 December 1962.
- "Howard County Facilities". Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- "Maryland County Prepares for Revolution, or Anything.". St. Petersburg Times. 12 November 1965.
- "Jack L. Larrimore, 73, Howard County Police Chief". The Baltimore Sun. 21 April 1997.
- "Ecker Appoints County Police Chief". The Baltimore Sun. 26 February 1991.
- "Howard Co. chief of police to retire: Livesay is running for County Council". The Baltimore Sun. 20 May 2006.
- Howard County Police Department: Recruiting
- Howard County Police Department: Message from the Chief
- Inside HCPD...: Patrol
- Howard County Police Department: Inside HCPD
- "Police identify crew in emergency helicopter landing at Columbia high school". Baltimore Sun. 31 May 2013.
- "NTSB accident Reports - Case ERA13TA261". Retrieved 24 December 2013.
- Official website
- Howard County Police Department at the Wayback Machine (archived August 18, 2011)
- Howard County Police Department at the Wayback Machine (archived August 17, 2000)