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Prior to September 11, 2001 the security of Commission assets and employee safety was the responsibility of an already established security unit within the Commission.  However, the events of September 11, 2001 underscored the threat of terrorist activity within the United States and raised the awareness of potential future attacks on the nation’s critical infrastructure, prompting additional security to come into sharp focus for the first time. 

In response, the Maryland legislature created the WSSC Police Department in October 2002 to combat the threat of terrorist acts on WSSC’s critical infrastructure.  The primary mission of the WSSC Police Department is the protection of the area’s water supply and infrastructure against sabotage or acts of terrorism.



The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Police Department is committed to working with its partners to ensure the safety of its employees, contractors and customers.   We are dedicated to providing ethical and impartial public safety services to all. Professionalism, constitutional policing and excellence are the values which guide our agency into the future. These core values are what we believe and upon which we base our mission. Our most valuable asset is our employees who serve to maintain our reputation as “Protectors of the Watershed.” It is their dedication which makes the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission a safe public utility for its community of stakeholders. 


  • Prince George’s County
  • Montgomery County
  • Watershed area of Howard County
Joseph Bergstrom

Joseph Bergstrom
Chief of Police

WSSC Police Department
14501 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, Maryland 20770

301-206-8282 Administrative
301-206-8888 Communications

Emergency: 911

Last Modified: July 19, 2022, 4:42 pm EDT