Careers at GPD

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" We have the CHALLENGE you have been looking for! Come join the men and women of the Gastonia Police Department and be proud to be the BEST! " 



Bonuses up to $16,500

$15,000 for NC Certified Lateral Officers

$1500 for relocating into the Gastonia city limits

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 Contact a Recruiter about experience, incentive pay for foreign language, signing bonuses, take-home cars, permanent patrol shifts and shift differential.



Salary Levels for Officers:

123 1  Cadet:                         $49,771

  Police Officer I:          $52,260-$64,894

  Police Officer II:         $54,873-$68,139

  Police Officer III:        $59,052-$74,458 

Incentives and Benefits Include: IMG 0222
State of NC Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate 2.5% pay increase
State of NC Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate 2.5% Pay increase
Police Training Officers receive a 5% pay increase
Bilingual Pay (All Foreign Languages) 2.5% pay increase
Permanent Shifts with differential pay for sworn and non-sworn 5% pay increase
Employee Development Plan
Tuition Reimbursement
Relaxed Tattoo and Beard Policy
Take Home Cars 
Fully Equipped Gym with Paid Physical Training Time.
 City Contributes 5% to 401K 
City Paid Insurance Premiums 

GPD offers a variety of job opportunities for police officers:

Patrol, Criminal Specialized Investigations, Vice/Narcotics, CSI, Digital Forensics, Community Policing, Street Crimes, K-9, Traffic and Training Bureaus. 
 Regional Response Teams:
SWAT, Sniper, Mobile Field Force, Shift Tactical, Shift Sniper, Crisis Negotiators, Bomb Squad (EOD), Honor Guard, Mobile Command, and Drone Team.
 Are you interested in our application process?  Here is your timeline to success! 


 Application Timeline Presentation


Want To know more about our Pre-Employment Physical Fitness Test for non-sworn applicants?  Review the below video. 

Requirements to be a Police Officer in the State of NC

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Are you an out-of-state lateral applicant?

Gastonia Police Department also has many civilian positions for those who want to serve their community, but not from a police car.  Civilian staff includes Police Records Specialist, Quartermaster, Homeless Coordinator, Administrative Assistants, Property Manager, Police Attorney, Technology Services, and Problem Analysis and Research Center staff.  


Are you interested in learning about the City of Gastonia Benefits?

City of Gastonia Benefits


 The City of Gastonia is committed to creating and maintaining a work environment that is inclusive, equitable, and welcoming. We value diversity and promise to honor your experiences, perspective, and unique identity.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The City of Gastonia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Meet our Team

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Detective Jackie Quinley
704-836-0079 (Office Phone)
980-522-0172 (Cell Phone)
Det. Quinley is a 19 year veteran at GPD, an Appalachian State University Graduate with her Master's Degree in Public Administration and her Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the State of NC.  She has served in Patrol and Community Policing.  Detective Quinley is the full-time Recruiter and Training Officer for new Cadets.  She is a member of our Regional Crisis Negotiator Team and an NCJA instructor Specializing in Mental Health and Child Passenger Safety.  

Internal Affairs
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Lieutenant Eric Wiggins
704-866-6935 (Office Phone)

Lt. Wiggins is a 25 year veteran at GPD, a graduate of Belmont Abbey College with his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. He has served on patrol, SWAT Sniper, Traffic Enforcement, STO, and Detective Bureau. He is currently the Lieutenant for the Office of Professional Standards.


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 Detective David Dover
Detective Dover has served at Gastonia Police Department for 27 years; he has an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the State of North Carolina. He has served on Patrol and as a Training Officer in Community Policing and 17 years as a Detective investigating Crimes against people. He is now assigned to the Office of Professional Standard.
Location & Contact Information:
Location: 200 East Long Avenue, Gastonia, NC 28052
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Monday thru Friday)
(P.O. Box 1748 Gastonia, NC 28053-1748)
704.866.6702 (Front Desk)
704.866.3300 (Non-emergencies)
Emergencies: 911


Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


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⟟  200 East Long Avenue, Gastonia, NC 28052