Careers at GPD


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YOUR Career, YOUR Choice,YOUR Future!

" 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 $7,500

$6000 for an experienced officer

$1500 for relocating into the Gastonia city limits

Have a Recruiter Contact Me

 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:

Cadet:                     $47,857-$59,427
Police Officer I:       $50,250-$62,399
Police Officer II:     $52,763-$65,519
 Police Officer III:    $56,782-$71,595 

Incentives and Benefits Include: 
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 p.m. to 8 a.m.) 5% pay increase
Employee Development Plan
Relaxed Tattoo and Beard Policy
Take Home Cars 
Fully Equipped Gym with Paid Physical Training Time.
Matching 401K to 5%
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?  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 18 year veteran at GPD, an Appalachian State University Graduate with her Master's Degree in Public Administration.  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.  


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Sergeant Anthony Johnson
704-689- 2313 (Cell Phone)

Officer Johnson is a 10 year veteran at GPD. He holds an Associate's Degree and is currently working on his Bachelor's at Gardner Webb.  Officer Johnson has served on Patrol, Street Crimes Unit, Police Training Officer, and  he is currently in the Community Policing Unit. 

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Officer Lazero Creagh
Officer Lazaro Creagh is a 20 year veteran of law enforcement; he had worked as a police officer in Florida and North Carolina.  He is currently assigned to patrol and is an active member of our Gang Unit, Crisis Intervention Team, Latin officer community group, and a car seat technician.  
Internal Affairs
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Sergeant Eric Wiggins
704-866-6935 (Office Phone)

Sgt. Wiggins is a 24 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. As Sergeant, he has served as Patrol Sergeant and is currently Sergeant for the Office of Professional Standards.

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Detective Maurice Taylor
704-854-6653 (Office Phone) 
980-522-0164 (Cell Phone)

Detective Taylor is a veteran officer at the Gastonia Police Department with over 15 years of law-enforcement experience. His policing experience started at South Carolina Probation and Parole; he became a North Charleston South Carolina Police Detective.  Detective Taylor is a graduate of Claflin University and Capella University with Master's Degrees in Criminal Justice and Education. Additionally, he is a proud military veteran with approximately 11 years of service in the Navy. His current assignment is the Office of Professional Standards, where he can utilize his years of education, law enforcement, and life experiences to assist in recruitment, background investigations, internal investigations, and other activities involving the community.

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)
704.842.5186 (fax)
Emergencies: 911

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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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