The Waterford Police Department's current issue patch has been in use since 1978. It was designed by a local high school student when the department decided to change over from their previous design.
The patch depicts several features that represent local historical or current landmarks.
Beginning at the top of the patch, the airplane represents the Oakland County International Airport, located in Waterford. The airport, one of the busiest in the country in terms of take offs and landings, is a feature of our local landscape.
On the left side, there is a graphic that depicts a grist mill from the 1800's. The mill was located on the banks of the Clinton River, near what is now the intersection of Dixie Highway (U.S. 24) and Andersonville Road. The mill was one of the main features of the local economy during this area's formation. At that time, Waterford was 1 stagecoach stop between Detroit and Flint.
The right side depicts a fisherman in a boat with "1 on the line." The graphic represents the local areas' summer lakes activities. Before becoming a residential community, Waterford was "up north" for residents of Detroit. Many maintained cottages on lakes here for those getaway weekends.
The graphic at the bottom represents a Native American in a canoe. This area boasts a rich history of Native American heritage.
All of these graphics surround the geographical border outline of present-day Waterford Township.