Mike Hilliard, a native Baltimorean, became a member of Baltimore Police Department in 1975. During his 27 years of service to the citizens of Baltimore, he served in the patrol, internal investigation, personnel, communications, and youth divisions along with the Administrative Bureau. In his last position in the department, he held the rank of Major, directing the operations of Baltimore City’s 911 center and police dispatch functions. While a Lieutenant assigned to the Northeast District, he helped establish the largest citizens’ patrol in the mid-Atlantic area, the NorthEast Citizens’ Patrol.
Upon retirement from the police department, he became the Community Services Director of the HARBEL Community Organization, Inc., Northeast Baltimore’s premiere community umbrella. HARBEL offers three programs in an effort to prevent the denigration of its member communities: the HARBEL Prevention and Recovery Center, the HARBEL Housing Partnership, and its Community Services Program. The Community Services Program helps to organize and strengthen community organizations and business associations in the area. As its Director, Mike assists business and community leaders in addressing the myriad of quality of life issues that confront community and business leaders, including crime. The Community Services program also facilitates the operation of the NorthEast Citizens’ Patrol, which has been serving Northeast Baltimore for over 13 years.