As Howard County's Asian community continues to grow, the police department is set to add an Asian liaison officer in the coming months in an effort to match its resources to the changing demographics.
Howard's Asian population grew to an estimated 18.3 percent of county residents in 2016, compared to 14.4 percent in 2010, according to U.S. census data. The county's Korean population in particular makes up a sizable portion of that population at nearly 30 percent, according to 2010 census data.
Funding for the new position was approved July 1 as part of the fiscal 2018 county operating budget.
The liaison officer will be responsible for developing programs, community...