St Helens Police Department
St Helens, OR
The reason Patrol Officer Jeremy Howell is so passionate about law enforcement is so he can help people. He began his career in 1998 when he became a reserve deputy for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
By 2004 he was hired by the St. Helens Police Department and became a certified crisis and hostage negotiator. After several hostage incidents he received a lifesaving award for successfully negotiating with a suicidal man, who had held his son hostage.
In 2007 Officer Howell became a detective and worked primarily child abuse cases but was also a part of several other major crime investigations which included robberies, assaults, rapes and burglaries. In addition to his new role as detective, he was also part of the Columbia County Major Crime team where he worked homicides.
Detective Howell has had several noteworthy achievements, among them being a Basic Detectives Academy Certificate, USDOJ Basic Crisis/Hostage Negotiations Certification
and an Advance Patrol Certificate to name just a few.
In 2010 he went back to being a patrol officer and resumed his journey of following in his father's footsteps who had been a career police officer until recently when he was murdered. Realizing the "officer down" call was about his father, Officer Howell was the first one to arrive on the scene. In spite of his loss, Officer Howell has forged on. He continues to protect and serve the grateful citizens of Columbia County who are proud to call Officer Jeremy Howell, their 2011 AMW All-Star.