The Howell Township Police Department was created by ordinance in September, 1971. Harvey F. Morrell, Jr., a Captain with the Matawan Boro Police Department, was hired to serve as the first Chief of Police. Chief Morrell then began the task of staffing the new agency, hiring experienced officers from Matawan, Abderdeen, Freehold Twp, Wall, the New Jersey State Police, among several other departments.
As the state police were still responsible for patrolling the township, the new officers worked with them at the outset, while the state police decreased their services in Howell.
The first headquarters was set up in a trailer set up behind the court building on Rt. 524. From there, the Police Department was moved to the old Parks and Recreation building located at the former municipal complex on Preventorium Rd.
The department operated out of there until early 1973, when it moved into the barracks vacated by the State Police on Rt. 524. When the department outgrew that facility, it moved to the former Town Hall building at the foot of Preventorium Rd, adjacent to the Howell Golf Course.