Howard County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Howard County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 8360 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, 21043 MD
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Howard County Sheriff's Office is located at 8360 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, 21043 MD. The Howard County Sheriff's Office phone number is 410-313-2150.

Howard County Sheriff's Office News

Most Wanted Monday! If you have any information on the wanted individual posted below please contact the HCSO Warrant/Fugitive Unit @ 410-313-4174.

Most Wanted Monday! If you have any information on the wanted individual posted below please contact the HCSO Warrant/Fugitive Unit @ 410-313-4174.

The HCSO sends our thoughts and prayers to the Pittsburgh community especially those families effected by this senseless act of violence.

SCAM ALERT: Police are investigating multiple reports about a phone scam in which the caller pretends to be from the Sheriff’s Office, using the name of a REAL deputy to seem more legitimate. Many of these reports come from senior citizens who were told that there is a warrant for their arrest for missed grand jury duty. Victims are told they must pay a fine over the phone and are directed to use Green Dot or ReLoadIt prepaid cards. In one recent case, the victim agreed to pay $1,450 after calling 911 and confirming that a deputy by the name the caller provided did, in fact, exist. She did not divulge to the dispatcher the reason for her question, as she feared she might be arrested on the “open warrant.” “The Howard County Sheriff's Office will NEVER demand payment over the phone,” said Sheriff William J. McMahon, “and neither will the Howard County Police Department. Be on guard if you don’t know the caller. Don't feel pressured to make a decision on the spot, and never give out personal or financial information over the phone.” Similar scams have involved impostors claiming to be with the IRS and BGE. If you believe you may have been a victim of a telephone scam, call police at 410-313-2200 or file an online police report at www.hcpd.org.

The HCSO participated in the 20th Annual 50+ EXPO last Friday. There was a great turnout and over 165 exhibitors were on hand. Thank you to the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services and the Office on Aging and Independence!

Most Wanted Monday! If you have any information on the wanted individual posted below please contact the HCSO Warrant/Fugitive Unit @ 410-313-4174.

Yesterday, Mrs. Jill Joubert (current HCPD officer spouse) stopped by to thank our deputies and staff for everything we do for the community. Many thanks to Mrs. Joubert for the "Cookies for Cops" program! Cookies were enjoyed by all!

The 50+ Expo is tomorrow! Don't forget to stop by and see us!

On Friday, October 26, please join Sheriff McMahon and his fellow Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating council members for A Call to Action Conference. County Executive Allan H. Kittleman will also be attending this conference at the Howard Community College Health Services Building between 8:30am to 4:00pm. For more information contact Sidney Ford, Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinator at saford@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-6558.

The HCSO is getting ready for the 2019 Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge! Please stay tuned for more information on the Plunge and future fundraisers.

Happy National Boss’s Day! The HCSO gathered to celebrate National Boss’s Day with an ice cream social! Sheriff McMahon is the leader of our Office however, we cannot forget the many Supervisors who ensure that our responsibilities and duties to the community are met.

Most Wanted Monday! If you have any information on the wanted individual posted below please contact the HCSO Warrant/Fugitive Unit @ 410-313-4174.

One week until the 50+ Expo at Wilde Lake High School! Stop by and see us at the HCSO information booth!

Deputy Ed Simmons was recognized today at the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, 18th Annual Instructors’ Awards Ceremony. Deputy Simmons received an award for Non-Academy Instructor of the Year for his outstanding service to the HCSO Deputy Simmons has gone above and beyond to advance the training at the HCSO. Since August 2017, all HCSO deputies have been trained by Deputy Simmons in identifying the symptoms of an overdose and the administering of NARCAN. This training was significant due to it's immediate implementation last year at the Circuit courthouse involving a suspected opioid overdose. Congratulations Deputy Simmons for your outstanding service to our Office!

The HCSO had a great time last week at the Elkridge 50+ Centers Community Safety Day. The HCSO works closely with the S.A.L.T. Council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) who hosted this event. The S.A.L.T. Council educates the senior community on many different topics to include CarFit, Crime Prevention, Driver’s Safety and Fraud/Scam Prevention. If you’re interested in learning more about the S.A.L.T. Council you can contact the HCPD Senior Liaison Officer at (410) 313-2207 or the Howard County Sheriff’s Office at (410) 313-4214. A special thank you to HCSO employee Rhonda Benavides for her fantastic face painting skills.

Today the County held its annual Employee Awards Program. Corporal Marshall T. Harding III was honored for his 45 years of service to Howard County. County Executive Allan H. Kittleman issued a proclamation naming today, October 4, 2018 “Corporal Marshall T. Harding III Day in Howard County, Maryland". Sergeant Mark Verderaime was honored for his 40 years of service to Howard County. Also recognized today were: Sergeant Michael Hajek- 30 years of County service Sheriff William McMahon- 30 years of County service Special Police Officer Michael Minehart- 20 years of County service Deputy First Class Edward Simmons Jr.– 20 years of County service Deputy First Class Jay Clark- 15 years of County service Ms. Patricia Keppley- 10 years of County service Corporal Mark Metzler- 10 years of County service Deputy First Class Kenneth Shilling Jr.- 10 years of County service Deputy First Class David Manning- nominated for Unsung Hero Deputy First Class Edward Simmons Jr.- nominated for Howard County Employee of the Year A special thank you to Ms. Patricia Stephens for representing the HCSO on the Employee Award Committee.

Message from Sheriff McMahon: New HCSO employee, Deputy Rodney Ready, joined the Howard County Sheriff’s Office on October 1, 2018. Rodney was officially sworn in this morning (October 2, 2018). Rodney graduated from Southwestern Senior High School in Baltimore, Maryland in 1984. He enlisted in the United States Navy after high school, served four years and received an Honorable Discharge. Rodney's law enforcement career started with the University of Maryland Police Department, Baltimore Campus in 1990. He reached the rank of Corporal and retired in 2016 after serving 26 years. Rodney was hired by the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office as Deputy Sheriff in 2017. Rodney has served this state and country for over 30 years in Law Enforcement and the Military and still has the desire to continue serving by joining the Howard County Sheriff’s Office. Please give him a warm welcome!

Today, Petrina Jessie joined the Howard County Sheriff’s Office as an Administrative Support Tech III. Petrina graduated in 1987 from Howard High School in Ellicott City, Maryland. Petrina has worked in the Criminal and Civil Justice arena as a Paralegal/Clerk since 2004. She attended the National Academy for Paralegal Studies in 1992. Petrina has worked for the District Court of Maryland and several respectable law firms in the area. Petrina enjoys many recreational activities and spending time with her adult son. Please join us in welcoming Petrina to the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.

Most Wanted Monday! If you have any information on the wanted individual posted below please contact the HCSO Warrant/Fugitive Unit @ 410-313-4174.

Another Tool to Help Protect Victims of Domestic Violence Effective 10/1/18, those convicted of certain domestically related crimes, will be required to surrender regulated firearms and long guns to a law enforcement agency or a Federally licensed firearms dealer, within 48 hours of that conviction or guilty plea. The Howard County Sheriff’s Office will be the lead agency in Howard County for ensuring compliance with this mandate. We have been working with the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Howard County Police Department, and agencies from across Maryland to ensure the smooth implementation of this law. Protecting victims of domestic violence and holding abusers accountable are a priority for our Office. If you have questions, please contact us.

The HCSO would like to remind the community that effective October 1st, the Maryland’s “move over law” is expanding to include more than just emergency vehicles. The new law will require drivers to move over for transportation, service, and utility vehicles, as well as waste and recycling trucks. Safety on our roadways is everyone’s responsibility!

The HCSO participated in Howard County Government’s Diversity Day celebrations today. This was a great event that helps to build and strengthen relationships among the many members of the Howard County Government community. Thank you to County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the members of the Diversity Day committee who made this amazing event happen!

Last week, deputies from our Domestic Violence Unit received a court ordered emergency evaluation for a person with mental health issues. Our deputies located and peacefully took the evaluee into custody as she was leaving her residence. A search of the evaluee revealed a loaded handgun, additional magazines and ammunition. On October 1, 2018, HB-1302 Extreme Risk Protective Orders (ERPO) becomes effective giving law enforcement and some community members the authority to apply for a court order to seize weapons and ammunition from someone posing an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury by possessing a firearm. Although our deputies were successful in recovering the firearm with the court ordered evaluation, this new “Red Flag Bill” is intended to reduce gun deaths and injuries by restricting a respondent’s access to firearms and ammunition.