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Howard police recruits to sleep out for homeless
Howard police recruits to sleep out for homeless

When Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner took over the department last summer, he identified enhancements in community policing as a focus. Since then Gardner has announced a series of initiatives aimed at integrating community into the department's current ranks. The list includes creating a community outreach division (previously it was just a section), sanctioning a pathway patrol program and placing full-time officers as liaisons to different segments of the community -- from youth to seniors. The ripple effects have trickled down to the soon-to-be newest county police officers: Academy Class 39. The 22-member class, as part of the enhanced community focus, has started a new...