Assistant Police Chiefs

Travis Brittain 3Assistant Chief Travis Brittain

Effective on July 1, 2017, Assistant Chief Brittain is in charge of Field Services, which includes all uniformed officers in Patrol, the Street Crimes Unit and the Traffic Bureau. Patrol officers provide the department’s first response to police calls for service in the East, West and Central Districts. The Street Crimes Unit addresses problems such as an environment of violence, community disorder or nuisances that persist after numerous calls for police service. The Traffic Bureau handles traffic accident investigations and enforcement. Assistant Chief Brittain also oversees the Special Situations Unit which includes SWAT, the Bomb Squad, Hostage Negotiators, and Tactical Team/Field Force Officers.

Assistant Chief Brittain joined the department in 1994 after serving four-and-a-half years as a Gastonia Police Explorer, and was promoted up through the ranks to Assistant Police Chief in charge of GPD’s Support Operations in 2014. He has served in the Street Crimes Unit, Patrol, and SWAT.

His accomplishments include implementation of the department’s motorcycle program as well as facilitation of task forces, implementation of 800 megahertz communications, manpower and planning. Assistant Chief Brittain holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Gardner Webb University, and a master’s degree in justice administration from Methodist University. He holds the State of North Carolina's Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate, and is a 2013 graduate of the FBI National Academy's 254th Session. 

Contact Information:

Gastonia Police Department
(P.O. Box 1748 Gastonia, NC 28052-1748)
704.866.6881

 

Assistant Chief Mike Smithassistant-chief-mike-smith-2014-12-17

Effective on July 1, 2017, Assistant Chief Smith is responsible for GPD's Support Operations which includes the Criminal Investigations Division consisting of Detectives, Juvenile Investigations and the Identification Bureau. Support Operations also includes the Special Investigations Division, which provides investigations into vice-narcotics and organized crime with a focus on drug trafficking, organized crime, public corruption and Homeland Security.

Assistant Chief Smith joined the GPD in 1995, and was promoted up through the ranks to Assistant Chief in charge of Field Services in 2014. He has served in Patrol, Street Crimes, and as a Community Coordinator Sergeant. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2012, and was assigned as Central District Commander. In 2013, he was transferred to the position of East District Commander, and also was in charge of the Shift Tactical Officers, Traffic Unit, Sniper Team and K-9 Unit.

Prior to his employment with the GPD, Assistant Chief Smith worked for the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office as a Sheriff’s Deputy, and was promoted to the rank of Corporal. He served in the U.S. Army, and is retired from the N.C. National Guard. He obtained a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and holds the State of North Carolina's Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate.

Contact Information:

Gastonia Police Department
(P.O. Box 1748 Gastonia, NC 28052-1748)
704.866.6888

 

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