The Police Accountability Task Force of Howard County (PATF-HoCo) is a group of Howard County residents advocating to improve police transparency and accountability in Howard County.

Our 2023 priorities are:

See Our 2023 Priorities for more information.

PATF-HoCo IS ACTIVELY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST US WITH OUR MISSION.  All volunteer help is welcome, even if you can give only a couple of hours a month.  If you are interested in eliminating racial disparities in community policing, please contact us to learn more about our future campaigns and the volunteer opportunities we have available. Our email contact is: 

PATF-HoCo has reviewed Howard County Police Department  (HCPD)  data of its interaction with Black people in the county. The results indicate significant racial disparities across several categories of HCPD interactions with the Black community. 

Click here for details of our analysis.

Click here to read our Press Release.

Watch our video messages below.

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Let Howard County Leadership know this data is unacceptable… we need to know WHY and what they intend to do about it!

 Click here to join our email campaign and send a strong message demanding the community’s public safety concerns be addressed immediately.

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Watch our December 12, 2023 Press Conference about racial disparities in Howard County Law Enforcement Agency (LEA)  data.

PATF-HoCo December 2023.mp4

Hear more about our concerns regarding racial disparities in Howard County LEA data.

Our Prior Campaigns (Click on campaign link for the latest update)

Coalition of Citizens and Community Organization Supporters

African American Coalition of Howard County

African American Community Roundtable

American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland

Chinese American Network for Diversity and Opportunity

Columbia Democratic Club

Howard County Citizens Association

Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice

Indivisible Howard County

Progressive Democrats of Howard County

Progressive Maryland

Our Coalition Partners represent an important group of community organizations who are advocates for a diverse array of progressive causes and viewpoints.  PATF-HoCo does not automatically endorse all views and opinions of our Coalition Partners.  Although our missions may be different, PATF-HoCo is grateful for the support we've received in regards to advancing accountability and transparency in community policing.