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State, Regional and National Champions

Gastonia's SWAT Team has earned state, regional and national recognition in SWAT competitions. They are a five-time state winner at the North Carolina Justice Academy (1992-1994, 1996 and 2013), and a three-time regional winner in Spartanburg, S.C., (1995, 1997 and 2004). ESPN billed the 11th Annual Southeastern SWAT Competition in Spartanburg April 28-May 1, 2004, as the National SWAT Challenge.

2013 SWAT First Place Win

The Gastonia Police SWAT Team brought home a first place win in the 2013 SWAT Competition in Salemburg, NC. The three-day competition sponsored by the North Carolina Tactical Officers Association was held March 26-28, and consisted of seven teams from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Fort Bragg Military Police. Click here for a slideshow.

SWAT Team members:

  • Capt. Travis Brittain (Team Commander)
  • Sgt. Jimmy Arndt (Assistant Commander)
  • Sgt. Jamey Blalock (Team Leader)
  • Sgt. Brian Atkins (Team Leader)
  • Jim Poole
  • Lex Popovich
  • Matt Willis
  • Kevin Putnam
  • Scott Norton
  • Anthony Borja
  • Adam Wilson
  • David Wind
  • Craig Singer
  • Eric Seagle
  • Clint Bridges
  • Stephen Rollins
  • Ben Reese
  • Warren Roberts
  • Andy Gregory
  • David Ferguson (Reserves)
  • Sgt. David Sisk (Mount Holly PD)
  • David Lancaster (Belmont PD)
  • Brian Lawrence (Gaston County Sheriff's Office)
  • Jason Ellis (Gaston County Sheriff's Office)
  • Stephen Strickland (Gaston County Sheriff's Office)
  • Capt. Gary Williams (Gaston County Sheriff's Office)
  • Joe Griffin (Gaston County Sheriff's Office)


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