Welcome Patch Tribute
Since the start of the Moon Township Police Department in 1948 there have been many uniform, patch and badge changes. In the early years our uniforms resembled those from World War II with Eisenhower jackets for example. When Chief McCarthy was hired in 1976, the officers wore one single red and white keystone-shaped patch on the left arm. It is believed that the colors were adopted from Moon High School. In 1978 the department changed over to a multi-colored keystone patch very similar to the one worn by the Allegheny County Police. That patch was very short lived. In about 1980 we changed over to a highly unique patch specific to the Township of Moon. It was in the shape of a shield. It featured symbols for education, the Strategic Air Command, Fort Vance, British settlers, French settlers, and our date of establishment being the first Township in Allegheny County in 1788. Finally at the base of the shield was the word. “Welcome” in the shape of a bow of a ship. The Welcome was the name of his Majesty’s ship that transported William Penn to the new world to become our first governor for which the Commonwealth is named. To our residents and visitors it often meant that they were actually welcomed to our community.
In 1980 a wood likeness of the Welcome patch was carved and presented in the lobby of the Moon Township Police Station. A tradition was established where newly hired officers would have their photographs taken beside it. The Welcome patch was distributed all over the world as a result of Chief Tom Krance, Captain Leo McCarthy, Captain Gregory Seamon and Sergeant Douglas Ogden’s attending the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. During this advanced training the men exchanged our Welcome patch with officers from all over the free world. It was well known as the most requested patch. The Welcome patch is on display in dozens of government buildings in Europe, Australia, and most countries in South America. Tom Krance also distributed them to many regions in Africa during his missionary visits which promoted police training and ethics. The Welcome patch is also on display all over the United States and Canada. From a distance Moon Township Police officers were easily distinguishable from other police because of the unique shape of the Welcome patch. The same could be said for the Welcome patch emblem on our vehicles.
In 2016 the Township of Moon formed a committee to rebrand the community. As part of that they changed the township emblem. The Moon Township Board of Supervisors authorized this change. The committee created the slogan of “Make it Moon.” The new patch is blue and white and is round. This new emblem shall be worn by all of our police officers and displayed on all of our township vehicles and upon a new township flag.