Howard County Police Department

  • Agency: Howard County Police Department
  • Address: 3410 Court House Dr, Ellicott City, 21043 MD
  • Chief: William McMahon (Chief of Police)

Howard County Police Department is located at 3410 Court House Dr, Ellicott City, 21043 MD. The Chief of Police of the department is William McMahon. The Howard County Police Department phone number is 410-313-2200.

Howard County Police Department News

The Howard County Police Department would like to thank and honor all those who have served our country. Veterans, thank you for your bravery, your sacrifice and your dedication.

Today, please join us in remembering Constable Charles T. Weber, who died in the line of duty Nov. 10, 1924 from injuries sustained after being dragged alongside a vehicle. He was directing an illegally parked car to move along when the driver suddenly accelerated. He sustained multiple injuries and died days later as a result of the incident. Constable Weber had been with the agency for nine years and was survived by his wife and seven children. Please keep the Weber family, and their extended police family, in your thoughts and prayers.

HCPD Daily Crime Bulletin, Friday, November 9, 2018 https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Police/Police-Newsroom/Crime-Bulletin Residential burglary Ellicott City, 21042: 3300 block of North Chatham Road, Sept.-Oct. Unknown suspect(s) gained entry to a storage locker in the apartment complex sometime between September and October and stole various items. Indecent exposure Columbia, 21045: 5900 block of Tamar Drive, Nov. 9 12:26 a.m. An adult male victim who works as a driver for a ride-sharing service reported that he dropped off a rider who then exposed himself before walking away. SUSPECT: black male in his mid-to-late teens with a medium build wearing a dark-colored t-shirt and dark-colored pants ###

In response to recent tragic shootings across the country and locally, officers from our community outreach division presented on safety and security in public places to more than 70 people from local businesses, houses of worship, and other gathering places. To watch the entire presentation: https://youtu.be/pYKmgRrWmfQ For more resources on active shooter preparedness, including the PowerPoint presentation from this morning: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Police/Community-Outreach/Crime-Prevention

HCPD Daily Crime Bulletin, Thursday, November 8, 2018 https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Police/Police-Newsroom/Crime-Bulletin Theft from vehicle/vehicle break-in Columbia, 21045: 7100 block of Winter Rose Path, Nov. 7 9:55 p.m., laptop Vehicle theft Columbia, 21046: 7100 block of Columbia Gateway Drive, Nov. 7 11:42 a.m. 2014 Ford F-250 ###

HCPD Daily Crime Bulletin, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Police/Police-Newsroom/Crime-Bulletin Robbery Jessup, 20794: Red Roof Inn, 8000 block of Washington Boulevard, Nov. 6 7:44 p.m. An employee reported that a male suspect with his face partially covered entered the lobby, displayed a handgun, and demanded cash. The employee complied and the suspect fled. No one was injured. The investigation is ongoing. SUSPECT: black male, 5’10” with a thin build wearing a black jacket and black pants with white stripes Theft from vehicle/vehicle break-in Laurel, 20723: 9700 block of Country Meadows Lane, Nov. 5-6 overnight, two vehicles: tires ###

Officers captured some amazing photos yesterday evening. If you're not following us on Instagram, you're missing out. www.instagram.com/hocopolice

There's still time to register for tomorrow's event: Safety & Security in Public Places! Contact HCPD's Community Outreach Division at 410-313-2207 or HCPDoutreach@howardcountymd.gov. WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Grace Community Church, 8200 Old Columbia Road, Fulton - free parking on-site - In response to the recent tragic shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and similar acts of violence in businesses like Rite Aid and the Capital Gazette here in Maryland, the Howard County Police Department has organized a FREE event discussing police and civilian response to violence in gathering places. Learn about potential threats and hazards, safety tips and best practices.

UPDATE: Missing elderly man Tie Qui Lin has been located unharmed.

HCPD Daily Crime Bulletin, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Robbery arrest update Police have made an arrest in an Aug. 21 robbery of a T-Mobile store in Columbia. An employee reported that a male suspect entered the store in the 6300 block of Dobbin Road, cut a security cord for one of the cell phones, and stole the phone. When the employee confronted him, he threatened her with scissors before fleeing. No one was injured. Through investigation, police identified the suspect and arrested him. ARRESTED: Ishmere Terrell Garrett, 25, of Guilford Road in Jessup, charged with armed robbery, robbery, assault, and theft Weapon violation/theft from vehicle Laurel, 20723: 9900 block of Twin Fawn Trail, Nov. 5 11:37 p.m. Police responded to the above location for a report of shots fired. They discovered one residence was struck by a bullet; no one was injured. Police also learned that the handgun used had been stolen from a vehicle in the area. The investigation is ongoing. Theft from vehicle/vehicle break-in Laurel, 20723: Cabot Court & Harvest Way, Nov. 4-5 overnight, tools Ellicott City, 21043: 3100 block of North Ridge Road, Nov. 5-6 overnight, tires ###

HCPD Daily Crime Bulletin, Monday, November 5, 2018 https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Police/Police-Newsroom/Crime-Bulletin Robbery Elkridge, 21075: 6600 block of Deep Run Parkway, Nov. 2 7:17 p.m. An adult male victim reported he was approached by three male suspects who assaulted him and stole his cash, cell phone, and keys before fleeing. No serious injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing; no further suspect descriptions available. Theft from vehicle/vehicle break-in Ellicott City, 21043: 4800 block of Joyful Way, Nov. 1-2 overnight, various items 3200 block of West Springs Drive, Nov. 4 10:14 a.m., tag Columbia, 21044: 6600 block of Cedar Lane, Nov. 3 4:25 p.m., various items Columbia, 21045: 9000 block of Snowden River Parkway, Nov. 3 6:36 p.m., various items Vehicle theft Elkridge, 21075: 6700 block of Santa Barbara Court, Nov. 4 9:11 p.m. 01 Gold Honda Accord Overdose Police responded to a suspected overdose death and a non-fatal overdose over the weekend. In the non-fatal overdose, Narcan was administered and the person was transported to the hospital. 2018 YTD Overdoses Fatal: 37 (29 opioid-related)* Non-Fatal: 155 *Opioid-related confirmed though autopsy. Some OD deaths are still pending autopsy results for opioids and/or other substances. Numbers may fluctuate. If you or someone you know in Howard County needs help with an opioid issue, call 800-422-0009, 24-hours a day. ###

RECOGNIZE THESE SUSPECTS? Up to $1,000 reward offered! Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects in a robbery at Party City in the 6100 block of Old Dobbin Lane in Columbia on Oct. 23. Three store employees reported that two female suspects were attempting to steal merchandise. When the employees confronted the suspects, they assaulted them before fleeing. No serious injuries were reported. The suspects also stole merchandise from DSW in the 9000 block of Snowden Square Drive in Columbia on the same day. The suspects are described as two black females in their late teens or early 20s with heavy builds, one wearing a white t-shirt, black jacket, and green pants, the other wearing a pink sweater and blue jeans. If you have any information, contact police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.

OVERDOSE: The Howard County Police Department and Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services responded to a suspected overdose death and non-fatal overdose over the weekend. 2018 Year-To-Date Overdoses Fatal: 37 (29 opioid-related)* Non-Fatal: 155 *Opioid-related confirmed though autopsy. Some OD deaths are still pending autopsy results for opioids and/or other substances. Numbers may fluctuate. If you or someone you know in Howard County needs help with an opioid or other drug issue, call 800-422-0009, 24-hours a day, or walk into Grassroots for screening & referral assistance, 6700 Freetown Road, Columbia. www.HoCoOpioidHelp.com #HoCoHelp

HCPD Daily Crime Bulletin, Friday, November 2, 2018 https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Police/Police-Newsroom/Crime-Bulletin Robbery arrest update Police have arrested two additional juveniles for a robbery that occurred Oct. 22 at Blandair Park in Columbia. Police had responded to the park for a report that a juvenile male victim was robbed of his backpack by three suspects, one of whom displayed a handgun. No one was injured. One suspect, a 14-year-old male, was arrested later that day and charged with armed robbery, robbery, assault, and theft. Through investigation, police identified the two other suspects and arrested them. ARRESTED: juvenile male, 14, of Columbia, and juvenile male, 10, of Columbia, charged with armed robbery, robbery, assault, and theft Telephone misuse arrest update Howard County police have charged a 14-year-old male from Baltimore with nine counts of telephone misuse after investigators determined that he made a series of prank 911 calls throughout October, including reports of gunshots at two schools and numerous other public places; false allegations of hostage situations; and a request for an unnecessary ambulance. All cases resulted in police and/or EMT response and resources. Theft from vehicle/vehicle break-in Columbia, 21045: 8800 block of Columbia 100 Parkway, Oct. 31-Nov. 1 overnight, tires Ellicott City, 21042: 4600 block of Centennial Lane, Nov. 1 1 p.m., purse Elkridge, 21075: 7100 block of Fox Harbor Way, Nov. 1 5:52 p.m., tag ###

Please join us in congratulating PFC Keith Fisher on his retirement after over 28 years with the Howard County Police Department. He spent the majority of his career undercover as a vice and narcotics detective. Over the years, he received recognition including 17 MORs, 10 Unit Citations, seven Commendation Certificates, two Bronze Stars and two Investigative Awards. Congratulations PFC Fisher!

Please keep the family and friends of Recruit Officer Roger D. Cassell, Jr. in your thoughts and prayers on this anniversary of his passing. Recruit Officer Cassell paid the ultimate sacrifice on Nov. 2, 1994, after collapsing following a training exercise in the police academy. He was 28 years old. He joined the Howard County Police Department in September 1994 and was on the path to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a police officer. His interest in law enforcement seemed to be a natural development as he came from a law enforcement family. A decorated war veteran, Recruit Officer Cassell received the Army Achievement Medal and Maryland Governor’s Citation for his accomplishments in the Persian Gulf War. Recruit Officer Cassell was a well-respected, enthusiastic police recruit and the department had very high expectations for this native son of Howard County. We continue to mourn his loss and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Please join us in congratulating PFC John Mooney (pictured here with Chief Gardner) on his retirement after over 20 years with the Howard County Police Department. PFC Mooney worked as a patrol officer in Platoon 2/Baker and Platoon 2/Frank. Over the course of his career, he received three Commendation Certificates, two Unit Citations, 27 MORs, 15 Letters of Recognition and in 2011, a Lifesaving Award for reviving a citizen in cardiac arrest. Congratulations PFC Mooney!

HCPD Daily Crime Bulletin, Thursday, November 1, 2018 https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Police/Police-Newsroom/Crime-Bulletin Robbery Columbia, 21045: 6300 block of Windharp Way, Oct. 31 6:38 p.m. An adult female victim reported that a group of teenage suspects came to the door of her residence. When she opened the door, one of the suspects slapped her and stole candy. No injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing; no suspect descriptions available. Weapon violation Jessup, 20794: 7900 block of Waterloo Road, Oct. 31 9:23 a.m. Police responded for a report that a male suspect was engaged in a verbal dispute with another subject. He then displayed a handgun at that subject and another witness before fleeing. No one was injured. The investigation is ongoing. SUSPECT: white male wearing a brown shirt, brown shorts and black shoes Ellicott City, 21042: 3300 block of North Chatham Road, Oct. 31 2:25 p.m. Police responded for a report of a male suspect displaying a handgun in the parking lot of the shopping center. Police located the suspect and arrested him after a brief foot pursuit. The weapon was recovered and determined to be a BB gun. ARRESTED: juvenile male, 13, of Ellicott City, charged with weapon violations Vehicle theft Columbia, 21046: 8900 block of Early April Way, Oct. 30-31 overnight 2016 gray Yamaha R1S motorcycle, tags MD/050Y26 ###

Safety & Security in Public Places: Houses of Worship, Businesses, Social Venues In response to the recent tragic shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and similar acts of violence in businesses like Rite Aid and the Capital Gazette here in Maryland, the Howard County Police Department has organized a FREE event discussing police and civilian response to violence in gathering places. Learn about potential threats and hazards, safety tips and best practices. WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Grace Community Church, 8200 Old Columbia Road, Fulton - free parking on-site - RSVP: Space is limited! Contact HCPD's Community Outreach Division at 410-313-2207 or HCPDoutreach@howardcountymd.gov. CAN'T MAKE IT? The event will be recorded and posted online at HCPD.org.

Congratulations to PFC Patrick Gipe, who won the Toward Zero Deaths Maryland (Maryland Highway Safety Office) Noah Leotta Memorial Award for DUI enforcement. PFC Gipe is one of the department's top DUI enforcers. In less than a year, he made 38 DUI arrests in limited work days as he also serves in the Naval Reserves. PFC Gipe has the passion, training and expertise to help keep our roadways safe and we're thrilled that he received this honor! The award is named for Noah Leotta, a Montgomery County police officer who was struck and killed by an impaired driver in 2015.

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HCPD Daily Crime Bulletin, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Police/Police-Newsroom/Crime-Bulletin Residential burglary Columbia, 21044: 5300 block of Columbia Road, Oct. 30 5:20 a.m.-6:33 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) gained entry to the residence through unknown means. Nothing was reported stolen and no signs of forced entry were observed. Theft from vehicle/vehicle break-in Columbia, 21045: 8800 block of Tamar Drive, Oct. 29-30 overnight, three vehicles: various items 8700 block of Hayshed Lane, Oct. 30 5:50 p.m., keys Vehicle theft Ellicott City, 21043: 8500 Baltimore National Pike, Oct. 16-30 2015 Hyundai Sonata Ellicott City, 21043: 3200 block of Kaiser Drive, Oct. 28-30 Toyota Highlander ###

Howard County Police Department first in Maryland to join doorbell video-sharing “Neighbors” app With the increased use of doorbell cameras at residences in the region, the Howard County Police Department is announcing that it is the first law enforcement agency in Maryland to partner with a video-sharing app called “Neighbors” to provide the community with easy access to shared videos, photos and other safety information. The app is free to everyone and residents do not need to own a doorbell camera to access videos, photos and crime information for their neighborhoods. The Neighbors network, which is hosted at no cost by the doorbell camera company Ring, already has thousands of users in Howard County and has been instrumental across the United States in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe. Residents who use the app can access videos and alerts, which are posted anonymously by their neighbors and police. Users will not incur any fees or be asked to make a purchase at any time. For those who do have cameras, police will never be able to access users’ cameras directly. “This is a completely free ‘digital neighborhood watch,’ that does not require you to have a doorbell camera, but will allow all residents to access videos and photos, without compromising anyone’s privacy,” said Police Chief Gary Gardner. “With the increased popularity of doorbell cameras and strong collaboration with our community, we hope these videos will help us close more cases and solve more crimes.” In one recent case, Howard County police released doorbell video in a fatal pedestrian collision that resulted in identifying the involved vehicle the very next day. Anyone can download the Neighbors app to monitor neighborhood activity; share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from neighbors and police. “We’re excited to have Howard County police be the first in Maryland to join Neighbors to keep their community up-to-date on local crime and safety information,” said Jamie Siminoff, Chief Inventor and Founder of Ring. “Over the past few years we have learned that when neighbors, the Ring team and law enforcement all work together, we can create safer communities. Neighbors is meant to facilitate real-time communication between these groups, while maintaining neighbor privacy first and foremost. Through the Neighbors app, Howard County communities can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen.” How It Works in Three Easy Steps 1. Download on iPhone or Android via this link: http://download.ring.com/howardcountypd 2. See real-time alerts from your neighbors, police and the Ring team about crime and safety alerts. 3. Share text updates, photos and videos taken on any device to help make your neighborhood safer. For more information about the Neighbors app, visit www.ring.com/neighbors.

NEWS RELEASE: Driver calls police after seeing his truck on video; investigators no longer searching for vehicle involved in pedestrian fatality The suspected driver of a dump truck that struck and killed a woman in Elkridge last night called police this morning after seeing a video released by investigators. The man, who is not yet being identified due to the ongoing investigation, came forward after realizing it may have been his vehicle that struck the pedestrian. At approximately 7:19 p.m., Huma Rani Isfahani, 54, of Cresthill Court in Laurel, was crossing the 6800 block of Dorsey Road, when she was struck by the dump truck traveling eastbound toward Anne Arundel County. Isfahani was pronounced dead at the scene. A doorbell camera at a nearby residence captured video of the truck just after the collision. Police released the video, which resulted in the suspected driver coming forward. He has been cooperating fully with the police investigation. No charges have been filed at this time, but police are actively investigating the circumstances of the incident. ###

UPDATE: All lanes open. UPDATE: Four vehicles involved, one person transported to hospital with non life threatening injury. One lane now open, but still best to avoid the area. ELLICOTT CITY: Route 100 westbound is CLOSED at Snowden River Pkwy due to a multi vehicle collision. Please take alternate routes. Will update.