Roanoke County has released some biographical information on Howard Hall, who was introduced this morning as the county’s new police chief.
Below is a press release from Roanoke County, followed by Hall’s bio:
At a morning press conference in the Roanoke County Public Safety Center on Cove Road, County Administrator Clay Goodman named Howard B. Hall the next Chief of the Roanoke County Police Department. Hall, 47, will begin serving as Chief of Police on August 13.
Roanoke County conducted a nationwide search to fill the Chief of Police position. Hall, who was selected from a pool of 65 applicants, received the approval of an interview committee led by the County Administrator. “We are extremely pleased to make this announcement,” said Goodman, adding, “Howard’s years of experience in a leadership capacity with a large suburban agency coupled with his education and personality were impressive. We are confident he is the right person for this highly visible and important job.”
Hall comes to Roanoke County after 25 years of service with the Baltimore County Police Department. Baltimore County, MD, is part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, with a population exceeding 800,000 and a land mass more than twice the size of Roanoke County. He joined the Baltimore County Police Department in 1986 upon graduation from the University of Maryland, where he received a B.A. in Government and Politics. He spent 20 years with the department as a commander and gained experience in the areas of patrol, traffic, special operations, training, administration, accreditation compliance, and human resources.
In addition to receiving a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore in 1995, Hall attended the F.B.I National Academy and holds a Graduate Certificate in Police Administration. During his career, Hall had the opportunity to manage critical incidents and large events, as well as assignments which included providing security for both the President and the Pope. In addition to his work in Baltimore County, Hall is also a certified instructor and nationally recognized expert in data-driven policing – where data and analysis are used to guide police operations and solve issues. He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and serves on the organization’s Highway Safety Committee.
Hall says his first priority will be meeting the staff and learning about the department’s operations, community, and challenges. “I am approaching my new position with only one preconceived notion: That the overwhelming majority of things being done in the Roanoke County Police Department are positive and our responsibilities are being carried out by dedicated employees. After I start, we’ll spend more time talking about my approach to policing and our future.”
Hall is only the third person to lead the Roanoke County Police Department since it was formed in 1990. As Chief of the department, Hall will direct the activities of the Police Department, which consists of approximately 155 employees, of which 140 are sworn law enforcement officers. He will earn an annual salary of $115,000.
Hall has been married for 25 years. He and his wife have one son, who is entering his senior year at the University of Maryland.
Howard B. Hall – Background Information
Baltimore County Police Department – August 1986 to July 2012
In March 1994, promoted to the rank of Captain; below are some of his duties and responsibilities since that time.
Commanded the Operations Support Section, consisting of six full-time units and seven ad hoc teams.
• Responsible for the Tactical Unit, K-9 Unit, Traffic Management Unit, Behavioral Assessment Unit, Aviation Team, and Marine Team, which include over 120 full-time personnel
• Responsible for the ad hoc functions of the Hostage Negotiation Team, Dignitary Witness Protection Team, Critical Incident Support Team, Special Response Team, Dive Team, Motor Team, and ORE Program
• Served as the primary incident commander for critical incidents and major events in Baltimore County
• Responsible for the functions, personnel, and budget of all parts of the Section
• Served as Project Director for the Baltimore County Community Traffic Safety Program, managing over $300,000 in highway safety grant funds
• Wrote a grant application to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that resulted in a $415,000 award to implement electronic traffic citations and commercial vehicle training
• Implemented the 2008 Crash/Crime Project, a department-wide initiative to target high-traffic crash and crime locations along six major corridors in Baltimore County
• Expanded the Crash/Crime Project to the Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) model, leading the agency to become a national demonstration site for this initiative
Commanded the Essex and White Marsh/Parkville Precincts, providing police service to areas of 42 and 90 square miles with populations of approximately 85,000
• Commander of all precinct-based operations
• Supervised, coordinated, and managed the activities of over 150 employees
• Directed the planning, organizing, controlling, and budgeting for precinct operations
• Handled and resolved all employee grievances, disciplinary matters, and community complaints
• Controlled budgets of over $13 million
Led the Employment and Personnel Sections, with responsibility for recruitment, background investigation, hiring, and human resource administration
• Developed a departmental recruitment plan, incorporating specific and measurable objectives targeting diverse groups
• Met or exceeded all agency recruitment and hiring goals for five recruiting classes
• Created Employment Section Manual of Procedures governing recruitment and selection functions
Directed the activities of the Materials and Facilities Section
• Responsible for the management of departmental assets and the provision of supplies
Commanded the Operational Support Services Section consisting of the Traffic Units, Tactical Unit, K-9 Unit, Marine Unit, and Auxiliary Police.
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
Assessment Team Leader – September 1997 to Present
Institute of Police Technology and Management
Adjunct Instructor – January 1994 to Present
• University of Baltimore – Master of Public Administration
• University of Baltimore – Graduate Certificate in Police Administration
• University of Maryland – Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics
• FBI National Academy – 1993
• Howard B. Hall, “The National Law Enforcement Challenge: Redefined, Refocused, Reenergized,” The Police Chief, International Association of Chiefs of Police (July 2012).
• Howard B. Hall and Emily N. Varga, “Data Driven Practices Maximize Resources Amid Shrinking Budgets,” The Police Chief, International Association of Chiefs of Police (July 2011).
• Howard B. Hall, “I Am: Prevention Targeted at Young Drivers,” The Police Chief, International Association of Chiefs of Police (May 2011).
• Howard B. Hall and Thomas J. Gianni, “The Smooth Operator Program: Combating Aggressive Driving in the Mid-Atlantic,” The Police Chief, International Association of Chiefs of Police (July 2010).
• Howard B. Hall and Emily N. Puls, “Implementing DDACTS in Baltimore County: Using Geographic Incident Patterns to Deploy Enforcement,” Geography and Public Safety Bulletin, National Institute of Justice (June 2010).
• Howard B. Hall, “Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety – Its Application to Public Safety and Accreditation,” The CALEA Update, The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (June 2010).
• Howard B. Hall, “Training Supports Traffic Safety Programs,” The Police Chief, International Association of Chiefs of Police (November 2009).
• Howard B. Hall, “Targeting Crash and Crime Hot Spots in Baltimore County,” The Police Chief, International Association of Chiefs of Police (July 2009).