Gastonia Police Department

  • Agency: Gastonia Police Department
  • Address: 200 East Long Avenue, Gastonia, 28053 NC
  • Chief: Terry Sult (Chief of Police)

Gastonia Police Department is located at 200 East Long Avenue, Gastonia, 28053 NC. The Chief of Police of the department is Terry Sult. The Gastonia Police Department phone number is (704) 866-6702.

Gastonia Police Department News

After helping to get criminals and drugs off the streets for more than seven years, K-9 Levi is retiring from the Gastonia Police Department. Officer Levi and his handler, Officer Matt Willis, have made a great team with hundreds of article and building searches, narcotics sniffs, criminal arrests, and tracks to their credit. Along with their impressive statistics, they were awarded the Meritorious Service Award for tracking and locating three armed robbery suspects on one track! Levi is eight years old and has been awarded to Officer Willis for his future care. Please join us in thanking Levi for his dedicated service and congratulating him on his retirement.

Gastonia Police Department employees enjoyed Dinner and The Schiele Employee & Family Appreciation Night on Nov. 2. The event was sponsored by the Gastonia Police Foundation and supported by the Schiele Museum of Natural History. The museum was open for touring, a Live Animal Show, a Planetarium Presentation, and a buffet dinner catered by Linwood Produce.

Larcenies from Motor Vehicles are on the rise in Gastonia! Please remember three points: 1) If your vehicle is unlocked you are an easier target for a thief; 2) If your vehicle is locked and something of value is visible, a thief is more likely to break in; and 3) If your vehicle is locked and no items of value are seen, you are less likely to be a victim.

Do you recognize this man? He’s a suspect in a motor vehicle theft case. A truck was stolen at 109 E. Hudson Blvd. on Oct 22. The truck has been recovered but there was a gun in the truck at the time it was stolen that is still missing. If you can identify this man, please call Detective Gregory at 704-866-6069, or Crime Stoppers of Gaston County at 704-861-8000.

No-Shave November kicks off to benefit Special Olympics NC

Officer Hiott enjoys posing with kids dressed in police costumes.

If you see a normally clean shaven Gastonia Police officer with a five o’clock shadow or beard in November, please feel free to ask, “Why haven’t you shaved?” The Gastonia Police Department (GPD) is partnering with Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) to raise awareness and funds in a campaign called “No-Shave November.” GPD holds fund-raisers for SONC annually through such events as the Law Enforcement Torch Run and a Burpeethon, but this is its first No-Shave November. Officers donate $40 to SONC to participate and are provided a flyer about the campaign that they can give to anyone asking about their growing facial hair. “For many of us, it’s been years since we’ve been able to grow a beard,” said Sgt. Scott Norton, chairman of GPD's Special Olympics fundraising committee. “It’s a fun opportunity for us and it’s for a great cause.” The mission of SONC is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. “The Gastonia Police family supports SONC and this is one way that we’ll be demonstrating that support during the month of November,” Chief Robert Helton said. Anyone interested in making a donation to SONC in honor of the Gastonia Police Department may do so online at http://sonc.net/give/.

Do you recognize either of these two men? They are suspects in break-ins to the laundry room and a vending machine at the Fern Forest Apartments complex. Anyone who can identify the suspects is asked to call Detective McClure at (704) 866-6975 or Crime Stoppers of Gaston County at (704) 861-8000.

Halloween Safety Tips for Motorists 1. Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. 2. Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs. 3. Enter and exit driveways carefully. 4. At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing. 5. Never use your cell phone while driving. 6. Discourage teens from driving on Halloween. There are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers.

Have a Safe & Happy Halloween!

Halloween Safety Tips for Motorists 1. Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. 2. Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs. 3. Enter and exit driveways carefully. 4. At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing. 5. Never use your cell phone while driving. 6. Discourage teens from driving on Halloween. There are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers.

Larcenies from Motor Vehicles are on the rise in Gastonia! Please remember three points: 1) If your vehicle is unlocked you are an easier target for a thief; 2) If your vehicle is locked and something of value is visible, a thief is more likely to break in; and 3) If your vehicle is locked and no items of value are seen, you are less likely to be a victim.

Be safe on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31.

If you think building positive relationships between community youth and Gastonia Police Officers is important and worthwhile, your help is needed. The Gastonia Police Foundation is planning to host its Third Annual Shop with a Cop on Saturday, Dec. 9, and fundraising efforts are underway. Like last year, local youth participating in this year’s Shop with a Cop program will be selected by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston. Other partners include the Gastonia Police Department and Target. To help raise funds for this year’s event, Christmas ornaments are for sale. There are two types, one is an acrylic ornament available for $15 to take home and place on your Christmas tree. The other is a paper ornament for sale for $5, and you can sign your name to the paper ornaments which are placed on the Christmas tree located in the GPD lobby. Ornaments can be purchased at the front desk of the GPD, 200 E. Long Ave.

An important message from the NHTSA.

The Gastonia Police Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a $4,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Gaston County (CFGC). These funds will support the Gastonia Police Department’s (GPD) Victim-Witness advocacy program . The GPD’s Victim-Witness advocacy program involves providing victims and witnesses of crime with information about state and local resources available to them. Crime victims or witnesses might need to seek shelter, counseling, medical care, legal advice or a protective order. They can sign up to receive notices about the status of the defendant during the pretrial process through the state. The Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. “The Community Foundation recognizes the importance of first responders in our community. CFGC is awarding this grant to assist in the important training of victim services of the Gastonia Police,” stated Ernest Sumner, President CFGC.

Be safe on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31.

If you see a normally clean shaven Gastonia Police officer with a five o’clock shadow or beard in November, please feel free to ask, “Why haven’t you shaved?” The Gastonia Police Department (GPD) is partnering with Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) to raise awareness and funds in a campaign called “No-Shave November.” GPD holds fund-raisers for SONC annually through such events as the Law Enforcement Torch Run and a Burpeethon, but this is its first No-Shave November. Officers donate $40 to SONC to participate and are provided a flyer about the campaign that they can give to anyone asking about their growing facial hair. “For many of us, it’s been years since we’ve been able to grow a beard,” said Sgt. Scott Norton, chairman of GPD's Special Olympics fundraising committee. “It’s a fun opportunity for us and it’s for a great cause.” The mission of SONC is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. “The Gastonia Police family supports SONC and this is one way that we’ll be demonstrating that support during the month of November,” Chief Robert Helton said. Anyone interested in making a donation to SONC in honor of the Gastonia Police Department may do so online at http://sonc.net/give/.

If you think building positive relationships between community youth and Gastonia Police Officers is important and worthwhile, your help is needed. The Gastonia Police Foundation is planning to host its Third Annual Shop with a Cop on Saturday, Dec. 9, and fundraising efforts are underway. Like last year, local youth participating in this year’s Shop with a Cop program will be selected by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Gaston. Other partners include the Gastonia Police Department and Target. To help raise funds for this year’s event, Christmas ornaments are for sale. There are two types, one is an acrylic ornament available for $15 to take home and place on your Christmas tree. The other is a paper ornament for sale for $5, and you can sign your name to the paper ornaments which are placed on the Christmas tree located in the GPD lobby. Ornaments can be purchased at the front desk of the GPD, 200 E. Long Ave.

Bike Safe class photo on Oct. 21 at the GPD. Learn more at http://www.bikesafenc.com/

Larcenies from Motor Vehicles are on the rise in Gastonia! Please remember three points: 1) If your vehicle is unlocked you are an easier target for a thief; 2) If your vehicle is locked and something of value is visible, a thief is more likely to break in; and 3) If your vehicle is locked and no items of value are seen, you are less likely to be a victim.

Halloween is coming on Oct. 31. Here are some safety tips.

Can you identify this woman? She is a suspect in a larceny case in which a purse was stolen out of a shopping cart at Food Lion, 111 West Garrison Blvd., on Oct. 18. The suspect left in a black MINI Cooper. Anyone who can identify her is asked to contact Officer Prater at (704) 866-6702 or Crime Stoppers of Gaston County at (704) 861-8000. Crime Stoppers pays cash for a tip that leads to an arrest.

If you see a normally clean shaven Gastonia Police officer with a five o’clock shadow or beard in November, please feel free to ask, “Why haven’t you shaved?” The Gastonia Police Department (GPD) is partnering with Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) to raise awareness and funds in a campaign called “No-Shave November.” GPD holds fund-raisers for SONC annually through such events as the Law Enforcement Torch Run and a Burpeethon, but this is its first No-Shave November. Officers donate $40 to SONC to participate and are provided a flyer about the campaign that they can give to anyone asking about their growing facial hair. “For many of us, it’s been years since we’ve been able to grow a beard,” said Sgt. Scott Norton, chairman of GPD's Special Olympics fundraising committee. “It’s a fun opportunity for us and it’s for a great cause.” The mission of SONC is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. “The Gastonia Police family supports SONC and this is one way that we’ll be demonstrating that support during the month of November,” Chief Robert Helton said. Anyone interested in making a donation to SONC in honor of the Gastonia Police Department may do so online at http://sonc.net/give/.

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