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About the Howard County Sheriff's Office

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office has proudly served the citizens of Howard County since 1851. The Sheriff, who is elected every four years by the citizens of the County, is the chief executive of the agency.  The duties and responsibilities of the Office have changed over the ensuing 166 years.  All deputies are certified as police officers through the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission (PTSC).  They meet the same minimum initial and in-service training requirements and have the same authority as all Maryland officers. Currently, the Office is authorized for 56 sworn deputies and 19 civilian employees.

Since Howard County maintains its own police department as part of County government, the Sheriff’s Office focuses on a narrower range of law enforcement tasks.  These include:

  • The safety and security of the Circuit Courthouse and all those who work and visit there;
  • The service of all summonses and other documents issued by the Circuit Court;
  • The service of all criminal warrants issued by the Circuit Court;
  • The extradition of all out of state fugitives wanted by the Circuit Court;
  • The service of domestic violence related protective orders and other peace orders;
  • The service of evictions and other landlord-tenant issues;
  • The transportation of prisoners held at the Howard County Detention Center to court proceedings throughout the State.

In addition to the law enforcement tasks above, the Office provides support to the Howard County Department of Police (HCPD) and other public safety organizations on a daily basis, as well as in response to major incidents in the County.

We have a full time K-9 Unit to assist with potential bomb threats and have a number of deputies trained to use rifles and other equipment in the event of an active shooter at the Courthouse.  All deputies are certified as police officers through the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission (PTSC) and have the same authority as any law enforcement officer in the State.

Our professional civilian staff handles a number of critical tasks. These include the entry, update and validation of warrants, protective orders, and other documents we are assigned to serve. We are fortunate to have the services of a Domestic Violence Advocate, who helps victims receive the services they need. We also have staffs that help us implement current policy and training, which are critical for a professional law enforcement agency. Other staff ensures that we monitor and responsibly use the tax payer money that we are given to carry out our mission. 


Committee to Elect Bill McMahon
Authority of Patrick Shurney, Treasurer to the Committee to Elect Bill McMahon
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