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Police: Howard County Police Foundation


The foundation of our community.
The foundation of our vision.
The Howard County Police Foundation.

Established in 1994, the Howard County Police Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported by local businesses that aids the police department in funding and promoting programs to improve public safety and quality of life in the community. By teaming business leaders with law enforcement, the foundation better addresses common concerns, establishes goals and ensures Howard County remains a great place to live, work and play.


Save the date!

The Police Pace 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk is set for Sept. 7, 2014. This great event benefits the Howard County Police Foundation.


Supporting families of the fallen

The foundation is committed to taking care of the families of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect Howard County. It provides support for the families of Howard County Police Department employees and volunteers who are killed or seriously injured in the line of duty. The foundation has also funded renovations and maintenance to the department’s Fallen Officers Memorial Garden at police headquarters in Ellicott City.

Education, training, equipment & recognition

The foundation is proud to fund scholarships for Howard County students, police employees and children of department employees. When budget challenges prevent the agency from purchasing new equipment or sending personnel to specialized training, the foundation steps in to provide financial support for these worthwhile investments. A recent example is the purchase of bicycles to allow for additional patrols on pathways and trails. The foundation also recognizes and honors outstanding work by police officers and civilian employees at the department’s awards ceremony each spring. For information and a scholarhip application, click here. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2014.

Innovative community programs

The foundation assists the department by fundraising to support innovative and new programs that are not funded by the county budget. Current programs receiving financial support from the Police Foundation include the Bear Trax youth mentoring program and camp, Collision Avoidance Training for teen drivers, the Community Athletic Program mobile recreation center and National Night Out Against Crime.

Get involved

The foundation holds a number of fundraising events throughout the year to support a wide variety of programs that enhance the community in which we do business. The annual Police Pace is a highlight on the foundation’s calendar each September. This 5k race and 1-mile fun walk & run takes place at Centennial Park and is the largest fundraiser of the year for the foundation. In addition to attracting much-needed funds, these events raise awareness of the importance of the department to the safety of Howard County.

The private sector has a stake in the community where businesses are located and employees live. That’s why the foundation was formed by a concerned group of Howard County business leaders. Today, the board of directors is comprised of professionals from many different industries that represent the diversity of Howard County commerce.

This is your opportunity to give to the community in which you have enjoyed your success. By becoming a foundation board member, you will have an impact on Howard County’s future, helping to maintaining the county’s excellent quality of life and helping your fellow citizens. You’ll also experience a stronger relationship and a higher profile with the people who protect you and your business.


Learn more

Contact the foundation by calling 410-313-4600 or e-mailing info@hcpd.org.