312 "E" Street
Waterford, California 95386

Phone: (209) 874-2349
FAX: (209) 874-2171

In July of 1998, the City of Waterford entered into an agreement for the County of Stanislaus to provide law enforcement services for the City of Waterford. On September 30, 2008, this agreement was extended for an additional five-year term, expiring in June 2013. The Department is currently in negotiation with the City and is requesting to extend the current contract on a month to month basis until the Department can return to the Board for final approval of a new contract.

Both full time and extra help employees of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department staff Waterford Police Services. Of the twelve positions assigned to the City of Waterford, seven Deputy Sheriffs, one Zoning Officer and two administrative positions are fully funded by the City. The Lieutenant, who serves as the Police Chief, is shared with the City of Hughson.

As of July of 1998, Waterford Police Department became Waterford Police Services. Even though there is a new name, the Department Motto, "Service with Respect" continues. The Department is dedicated to provide the highest level of public service with a commitment to provide a high visibility of patrol service, increased narcotic enforcement and the targeting of known criminal offenders. With continued partnership with the citizens of the community, Waterford Police Services has committed itself to the highest standards of professional excellence to fulfill its goals of reducing crime and making the City of Waterford a safer place to work and live.

Lt Mike RadfordChief Mike Radford

Chief Mike Radford was born and raised in Modesto and graduated from Thomas Downey High School. Lt. Radford studied at San Joaquin Delta College where he completed the POST police academy and has obtained a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute & University. 
Chief Radford began his career in law enforcement in 1994 joining the ranks of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's department as a custodial deputy working in each of the departments detention facilities. Chief Radford was promoted to Deputy Sheriff Coroner in 1996 where he worked as a patrol deputy and Field Training Officer. In 2002, Chief Radford was sent to Salt Lake City Utah along with four other deputies to assist with the safety and security of the Winter Olympics.

He promoted to Sergeant in the Patrol Division in 2002 working in positions of Patrol Sergeant, Family Crimes Unit Sergeant, and as the Internal Affairs Sergeant. In 2007, he was promoted to Lieutenant where he has worked as Patrol Commander, Chief of Central Area Command, Investigations Lieutenant, and Manager of the Field Training Officer program.
Chief Radford has enjoyed being a member of the Stanislaus County Sheriff Department's SWAT team since 1999 and has held positions of Operator, Team Leader, and Tactical Commander. Chief Radford also enjoys teaching and is an active instructor in local police academies teaching Use of Force, Defensive Tactics, and active shooter.