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Coffee with a Cop

The Howard County Police Department hosts a community outreach event, Coffee with a Cop, on the first Thursday of each month. All members of the community are invited to attend and enjoy coffee and conversation with members of HCPD’s newly expanded Community Outreach Division, local patrol officers and the department’s mental health liaison. Locations and times will be announced here and on the department’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The next event will be held at the McDonald's in the Harper's Choice Village Center, 5485 Harpers Farm Road, Columbia, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thurs., Dec. 3.

Medication Disposal Boxes

Did you know you can dispose of your unwanted medication any day of the year at one of our three permanent drop off locations? They're OPEN DAILY YEAR ROUND! The Howard County Police Department and HC DrugFree have provided the community with three permanent medication disposal boxes in an effort to assist residents in disposing of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications safely and anonymously. The permanent boxes are maintained by the police department and allow residents to drop off unwanted medications 365 days a year. They are located at the Northern District Station (3410 Courthouse Drive in Ellicott City), Southern District Station (11226 Scaggsville Road in Laurel) and Gary Arthur Community Center (2400 Route 97 in Cooksville). The district station boxes are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The permanent box at the Gary Arthur Community Center is available when the center is open to the public: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. o 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and closed on holidays.

Collision Avoidance Training (C.A.T.)

The dates for HCPD's popular Collision Avoidance Training (C.A.T.) class for young drivers have been set for 2015. The program will be held March 14, April 25, May 16, June 20, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 12. Collision Avoidance Training is a defensive driving and vehicle control program for young drivers developed by the National Traffic Safety Academy. Participants must be ages 16-20 and must possess a valid Maryland "Class C" driver's license (no learner's permit) and bring a vehicle to drive during the practical exercises. For additional information about the program and how to register, please click herePLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE C.A.T. PROGRAM. 

Public Safety Message

The Howard County Police Department has teamed up with the Columbia Association to provide the community with important messages about public safety. In our latest edition, Chief Gary Gardner and Lt. Jen Reidy discuss the expansion of our community policing efforts. 



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