WSSC’s Police Department Joins Residents at National Night Out Celebrations in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

WSSC Officers and Employee Volunteers to Provide Information and Answer Customer Questions

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – August 2, 2016 – WSSC’s Police Department is joining residents at this year’s National Night Out celebration at various locations throughout Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

The annual celebration is a unique crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and takes place in communities across all 50 states the first Tuesday in August. The event helps strengthen communities by building stronger relationships between neighbors and law enforcement.

As the provider of water and sewer services in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, WSSC is more than just a utility – it is a member of the community in both counties it serves. To help protect the safety of the community, in 2002 WSSC formed its own police force to safeguard the area’s water supply, critical water infrastructure, and facilities from sabotage or acts of terrorism.

“Community interaction with residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties is a very important aspect of our job,” said WSSC Police Chief Harvey Baker. “National Night Out provides a perfect opportunity for the community to meet us and learn more about the job we do.”

WSSC officers will have an array of police vehicles on display, such as boats, ATVs, and patrol SUVs at select locations. Chief Baker and staff will also be on hand to raise awareness about the “Theft of Service” prevention campaign which kicked off on July 14. Last year alone an estimated 145 million gallons were stolen from WSSC, that’s about a day’s worth of water for both counties. The campaign emphasizes the public safety risk caused by damaged hydrants when firefighters respond to fire emergencies. The campaign launched in partnership with Montgomery and Prince George’s County Fire Departments to help highlight the potential dangers.

In addition to WSSC’s Police Department, the Community Relations office will once again be on hand at various sites to provide face-to-face customer interaction. Residents will be able to ask questions and learn more about various programs offered by WSSC including educational outreach programs focused on STEM, environmental education, and household water use tips.

WSSC officers will have equipment on display at Fairhill Shopping Center, Takoma Park Police Department, New Carrollton Police Department, and Laurel Police Department.

The complete list of locations where WSSC is participating is listed below.

Tuesday, August 2, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

  • Fair Hill Shopping Center – 18108 Town Center Drive, Olney
  • Takoma Park Police Department – 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park
  • New Carrollton Police Department, 8511 Legation Rd., New Carrollton
  • Bowie Police Department, 3300 Northview Dr., Bowie
  • Laurel Police Department – 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel
  • Glenarden Police Department – 8615 McLain Ave., Glenarden
  • District Heights – Municipal Center of District Heights, 2000 Marbury Drive, District Heights
  • Rolling Crest Heights Community Center 6120 Sargent Rd, Chillum
  • Riverdale – 5819 East Pine Drive, Riverdale
  • Kensington Fire Department, St. Paul Park at Plyers Mill Rd and St. Paul St.
  • Hampshire West Apartments – 1432 Hampshire West Court, Silver Spring
  • East County Regional Service Center – 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring
  • Colmar Manor – 3701 Lawrence St, Colmar Manor
  • New Carrollton – Beckett Field, New Carrolton Community Center, New Carrollton
  • Forestville Park – 1601 Forest Park Drive, District Heights
  • Lincoln Vista Community Building – 9800 Ridge St., Lanham
  • Capitol Heights – 1 Capitol Height Blvd., Capitol Heights

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.

 

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