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MayPoliceSpyke  Chief George Basar
Captain Scott Mannor

611 E. Grand River
Howell, MI 48843
Phone: 517.546.1330

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Police News:

Howell Police Chief George Basar attended a class party, honoring Danny DiPietro. Danny is being hailed as a hero after his persistence led to the discovery of an elderly neighbor who nearly froze to death on January 25th. Chief Basar presented Danny with a Certificate for his Life Saving efforts.

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Parking Tickets -

Parking tickets may be paid in one of three ways:
In person at the Howell Police Department, 611 E. Grand River Ave, Howell, Mi 48843, between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday.

By mail to the same address. Make your check payable to the City of Howell. Do not send cash payments by mail.

After hours or on weekends and holidays, use the drop box in the ATM lobby of Howell City Hall, located at the same address as above. Please attach a copy of the ticket, or write the ticket number on your check. Without the ticket or ticket number we are unable to process your payment.

Check the reverse side of the ticket for payment dates and amounts. If payment is not received within the stated time for the offense listed on the front of the ticket, the fine increases. Double check to make sure you are sending in the correct amount.

We do not accept credit or debit cards for payment.

Mission Statement -

The Howell Police Department has adopted the following mission statement to guide all employees:

The Howell Police Department, in partnership with our community, strives to provide ethical, impartial, and professional service to all citizens, guests, and businesses of our community.

Value Statement - The Howell Police Department has adopted the following value statement:


We, the members of the Howell Police Department, realize that in order to succeed in our mission, we must exhibit the highest standard of integrity and hold ourselves beyond reproach.


It is of the utmost importance that we always perform the duties of our office using the highest ethical standard. We must always ensure that the civil and constitutional rights off all people are respected and enforced equally for all.


The Howell Police Department is a proud organization. We have established a tradition of providing quality police services to our community. We will continue to build on this tradition by providing outstanding service by highly motivated, highly trained, and well respected personnel.


We have built a very positive relationship with the citizens of our community through our professional and courteous service. We will strive to further our community involvement, and encourage public input, so that we are always aware of the needs of the citizens of the City of Howell.

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The Police Department is a "full service" department that patrols the streets of Howell 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On most days there are three cars on duty for visible patrol, crime prevention, traffic enforcement, arrests of law violators, and other duties that arise. Officers assist motorists that are locked out of their cars, who need property checks for residents who are out of town for extended periods of time. The officers check doors of local business during their closing hours and notify the owners when there is an open door. There is a foot patrol and the very popular bike patrol not only in the Central Business District, but also in all other areas of the City.

Your Police Department is a member of the Livingston, Washtenaw, Narcotic Enforcement Team (LAWNET) which addresses the drug problem in our city and county in a cooperative manner. The department detective investigates all crimes that happen within the City, recovering property and presenting the results of his investigation to the Prosecutor's Office for review and issuance of criminal warrants. The department is also engaged in crime prevention and community policing efforts, mainly through the School Resource Office and D.A.R.E. Officer. These community policing efforts are mostly directed toward assisting the youth in our community, but also emphasize neighborhood crime prevention. Your Police Department also offers assistance to the businesses with surveys of property and other crime prevention presentations.

The department is active in many special community events such as the Balloon and Melon Festivals, the Fantasy of Lights and Homecoming Parades. The department provides security, crowd and traffic controls throughout each of these events that help make them the success that they are. The department is on duty 24 hours, 7 days a week, serving the citizens and visitors of the City of Howell. Our offices are normally closed after business hours and the Livingston County Emergency 911 Dispatch Center receives calls and dispatches our police officers, as well as the other police, fire and ambulance agencies, 24 hours a day.

The Howell Police Department hopes that we make a difference and contribute to the quality of life that we, as citizens, have come to expect.

Chief of Police
3 Sergeants
School Resource Officer
LAWNET Officer
10 Road Patrol Officers
1 Part-Time Officer
1 Administrative Assistant
1 Records Clerk/Parking Enforcement

History of the Howell Police Department

The Village of Howell was incorporated on March 14, 1863. A Town Marshall was appointed in 1870. In 1884 the position of Night Watchman was added. Records show that Roy C. Hardy while Chief of Police in 1921, used a bicycle to patrol.

The speed limit at that time was 8 miles per hour and with no radar or similar devices it was his word against yours. A motorcycle was eventually bought for Chief Hardy for $250.00.This was later traded for a Ford Roadster which cost $500.00. It was reported that the Chief rarely used the vehicle.

Today we are again using bicycles, foot patrols, and motorcycles. They are valuable devices in our community policing and traffic positions.

The men and women of the Howell Police Department take great pride in providing service to all who live in, work in, or visit our community.

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