The Office of Professional Standards (OPS) manages the hiring process for sworn, non-sworn or intern applicants by conducting thorough background investigations and sending completed applicant files to the Chief of Police. In addition, the OPS conducts administrative investigations as needed while maintaining secure records of internal matters and employee training.
The Gastonia Police Department offers a variety of job opportunities for police officers: Criminal Investigations, Vice/Narcotics, Identification Bureau, Community Coordinators, Street Crimes Unit, Homeland Security, Crime Prevention, Internal Affairs, K-9 Unit, SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Dive Team, Hostage Negotiators, Shift Investigators, Shift Snipers, Honor Guard, Traffic and Training.
Starting Salary Levels for Officers:
  • No experience, high school degree: $38,685
  • No experience, 2 year degree: $40,619
  • No experience, 4 year degree: $42,650
Sworn Officers Eligible for Take Home Car Program
Lateral Transfer Opportunities for Police Officer Candidates
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Employment Information
Lateral Transfers
Out-of-State Transfers
PTO Program Brochure
GPD Recruiting Video
Application Packet
Polygraph questionnaire
Employment Application
Authorization for Release of Personal Information
Disclosure That a Consumer Report May be Obtained for Employment Purposes

All qualified applicants will be afforded an equal opportunity for employment regardless of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, or disability.
  • Police Officer (full-time and reserve)
  • Sergeant
  • Captain
  • Office Assistant
  • Chief of Police
  • Assistant Chief of Police
  • Police Attorney
  • Public Information Specialist
  • Research Administrator
  • Crime Analyst
  • GIS Analyst
  • Police Investigative Records Technician
  • School Crossing Guard (part-time)
  • Range Attendants (part-time)
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Location & Contact Information:
Sergeant Eric Wiggins
Location: 200 East Long Avenue, Gastonia, NC 28052
Office Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm (Monday thru Friday)
(P.O. Box 1748 Gastonia, NC 28053-1748)
704.866.6935 (office)
704.866.3300 (Non-emergencies)
704.842.5186 (fax)
Emergencies: 911

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