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Steven A. Sund Appointed New Assistant Chief of Police

January 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Chief Matthew R. Verderosa announced today that Steven A. Sund will be appointed Assistant Chief of Police for the United States Capitol Police (USCP) effective January 8, 2017.   

“Mr. Sund has a wealth of senior command and operational experience as well as the specialized education and training making him an outstanding selection to command operations as Assistant Chief,” said Verderosa.  “I look forward to working closely with him on the many facets of USCP operations.”

Sund served with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, for more than 25 years.  He retired as the Commander of the Special Operations Division, within the Homeland Security Bureau.  He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Arts in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Sund began his career in 1990 as a Metropolitan Police patrol officer in the Sixth District where he was assigned as a tactical patrol officer addressing high crime areas.  He was promoted to sergeant in 1995 and lieutenant in 1997.  As a lieutenant, he was selected to command a specialized task force consisting of various police disciplines designed to target high crime areas.  From 1999 to 2006, as a lieutenant in the Special Operations Division, he planned major events in the District of Columbia to include Presidential Inaugurations (2001 and 2005), numerous events designated as National Special Security Events (NSSE), state funerals, and other special events requiring the coordinated deployment and management of thousands of law enforcement personnel. 

In 2006, Sund was promoted to captain and assigned to the Office of Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism.  In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Commander of the Special Operations Division.  In this assignment, then-Commander Sund oversaw a number of specialized units to include the Emergency Response Team; Aviation and Harbor Units; Horse Mounted and Canine Units; Special Events/Dignitary Protection Branch; Major Crash and Commercial Motor Carrier Enforcement; Automated Traffic Enforcement, and the Domestic Security Operations Unit.

During his career, Sund served as a lead planner for the 2009 and 2013 Presidential Inaugurations, and he had a significant planning role in the major events designated as NSSEs by the Department of Homeland Security.  He is a recognized expert in critical incident management and active shooter preparedness and response having handled dozens of criminal barricade and hostage situations.  His experience involves being the on-scene incident commander on the 2009 shooting at the National Holocaust Museum, the 2012 shooting at the Family Research Council, and the 2013 active shooter incident at the Washington Navy Yard.

Sund has received numerous awards for his event planning, as well as his response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Due to his knowledge and experience, he also has been an instructor with the United States Secret Service in the area of major events planning.

Since his retirement from the Metropolitan Police Department, he has been working in the private sector for a nonprofit science, technology, and strategy organization as a director in the area of National Security and Intelligence. 

Upon accepting the position, Sund said, “I am humbled to have been asked to join the U.S. Capitol Police, and am enthusiastically looking forward to assisting the Department and Chief Verderosa in carrying out its mission.”

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