State, Regional and National Champions
Gastonia's SWAT Team has earned state, regional and national recognition in SWAT competitions. They are a six-time state winner at the North Carolina Justice Academy (1992-1994, 1996, 2013 and 2014), 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. 
2014 SWAT First Place Win
For the second consecutive year the Gastonia Police SWAT Team brought home a first place win in the 2014 SWAT Competition in Salemburg, NC. The three-day competition sponsored by the North Carolina Tactical Officers Association was held April 15-17, and consisted of 10 teams from police departments, sheriff's offices and the U.S. Army's Fort Bragg. Click here to view a slideshow.
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