Criminal & Special Investigations

Detectives investigate criminal cases including homicides, rapes, robberies and burglaries. 704.866.6880
Juvenile Investigations Bureau
The Juvenile Investigations Bureau investigates cases involving juvenile victims or offenders. Missing persons are also handled by this division. 704.866.6876
Identification Bureau
ID detectives gather evidence from crime scenes and prepare it for court. 704.842.5151
Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers allows you to remain anonymous and help police. If the tip you provide leads to an arrest you’ll be paid up to $1,000. Go online to for more information or call the tip line at 704.861.8000.
Special Investigations Division
This division investigates vice-narcotics and organized crime with a focus on drug trafficking, organized crime, public corruption and Homeland Security. 704.866.6937
Street Crimes Unit
When an environment of violence, community disorder or nuisances persist after numerous calls for police service, heavy enforcement may be the solution. 704.842.5170 or 704.866.6870
ABC Enforcement
ABC Enforcement enforces laws governing the sale of beer, wine, alcohol and tobacco. 704.866.6874
Victim/Witness Services
As a crime victim or witness you need to know your rights, and that there are state and local resources available to you. You might need to seek shelter, counseling, medical care, legal advice or a Protective Order. You may wish to sign up to receive notices about the status of the defendant during the pretrial process. Please click on this link for more information. For information in Spanish, please click here
Victim Notification Request
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HSI administers a Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. However, victims and witnesses are required to register in order to receive notification of a criminal alien's release. Please click on this link for more information and the registration form.
North Carolina Victims Compensation Services
Victims Compensation Services reimburse citizens who suffer medical expenses and lost wages as a result of being an innocent victim of a crime committed in North Carolina. Victims of rape, assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and drunk driving, as well as the families of homicide victims are eligible to apply for financial help. Please click on this link for more information and the application form. For any questions call 1-800-826-6200 or 919-733-7974.
Domestic Violence Resources
Domestic Violence Resources

Contact Information:
200 East Long Avenue, Gastonia, NC 28052
(P.O. Box 1748 Gastonia, NC 28053-1748)
Criminal Investigations Captain: Reid Brafford 
704.866.6882 (office)



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