Safety Tips

Traffic Stop Guidelinestraffic stop stock photo
Has anyone ever told you what to do if you are stopped by a police officer? Be sure to check out Gastonia Police Department’s Traffic Stop Guidelines brochure.
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 read a copy of the Victim & Witness Assistance brochure which is also available in Spanish.
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. For any questions call 1-800-826-6200 or 919-733-7974.
FBI’s Child ID App
What if your child suddenly disappeared? The FBI's Child ID app can be downloaded for free and provides a convenient place to store photos and vital information about your children. You can also quickly email the information to authorities with a few clicks.
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.
Permanent Checking Station (PCS)car seat stock photo
Caregivers can receive information from nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians and have their car seats and seat belts checked to be sure they are installed and used correctly. Gastonia Police Department PCS, 200 E. Long Ave., Gastonia. The 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or by appointment. Please call our front desk at, 704-866-6702.

Domestic Violence Resources

Identify Theft & Fraud Prevention

Please see the Fraud Prevention Tips For You page on

Home and Motor Vehicle Security


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.