Assistant Police Chiefs

Assistant Chief Trent Conard

conardAssistant Chief Conard 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, public corruption and Homeland Security. He oversees Special Situations which includes SWAT, Bomb Squad, Hostage Negotiators, and Tactical Team/Field Force officers. 

Assistant Chief Conard joined the GPD in 1996 and his service with the GPD includes being Commander of the Patrol Division, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, and Commander of the Special Situations Unit which includes SWAT, the Bomb Squad, Crisis Negotiators, Mobile Field Force, and the Mobile Command. He was responsible for creating and implementing the Police Training Officer training program for the GPD in 2005. Since the program was implemented over 170 officers have been trained in the improved program.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Montreat College and the State of North Carolina’s Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program, and the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Gaston. He is a North Carolina certified instructor and nationally certified Problem Based Learning instructor. He is a past Board Member of the Shelter of Gaston County and a current Board Member with the Salvation Army and Keep Gastonia Beautiful.
Contact Information:
Gastonia Police Department
(P.O. Box 1748 Gastonia, NC 28052-1748)
Assistant Chief Nancy Brogdon
Assistant Chief Brogdon 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 firstresponse 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. 

Assistance Chief Brogdon joined the GPD in 2005. Her service includes being Commander of Patrol Division, Commander of the Shift Tactical/Mobile Filed Force Unit, and Commander of the Crisis Negotiations Team.  A 17-year veteran and a graduate of Pfeiffer University with a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois. She is a North Carolina certified instructor and a specialized instructor in physical training. 

Brogdon speaks fluent Spanish and has served in many positions, including a patrol officer, community coordinator, grant manager, and coordinator for the Gaston County Gant Initiative and as a detective specializing in financial and electronics crimes. Since making sergeant nine years ago, she has been a patrol sergeant, community coordinator sergeant, criminal investigations division sergeant, U-Visa program, Leads On-Line Program, and Victim/Witness Program and assistant commander of the GPD Crisis Negotiations Team.  Brogdon oversees the department’s Traffic Unit,  Canine Program, SCU unit, and Community Coordinator’s Unit. She’s a recent graduate of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Command College and a Board Member of Gaston Vision 2040.

Contact information:
Gastonia Police Department
PO Box 1748 Gastonia, NC, 28052-1748

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