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Shop with a COP 2019 Coming Soon!

December 07, 2019

If you think building positive relationships between community youth and Gastonia Police Officers is important and worthwhile, your help is needed. The Gastonia Police Department is planning to host its Fifth Annual Shop with a Cop on Saturday, Dec. 7, and fundraising efforts are underway.

“We want this year’s Shop with a Cop event to be great like last year’s,” said Chief Helton. “Everyone’s help is greatly appreciated.”

Like last year, 50 local youth participating in this year’s Shop with a Cop program will be selected by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Gaston. Other partners include the Gastonia Police Foundation (GPF), Target, and Firestone Grill.

The event begins at 8 a.m. on Dec. 7 with youth and officers enjoying breakfast followed by a visit from Santa. Then officers and youth embark on a shopping trip to Target. Each child will be paired with a uniformed police officer who will accompany them as they shop for needed items such as clothing, shoes, pajamas, school supplies and even a toy. Each child will have $250 to spend.

To help raise funds for this year’s event Christmas ornaments are for sale. There are two types of ornaments, one is a paper ornament for sale for $5, and you can sign your name to the paper ornaments which are placed on the Christmas tree located in the GPD lobby. You can also purchase the new 2019 collector ornament that is for sale for $20 each.

Ornaments can be purchased at the front desk of the Gastonia Police Department, 200 E. Long Ave. For donations, checks should be made payable to the Gastonia Police Foundation, Inc., with Shop with a Cop written on the memo line, and mailed to the GPF at P.O. Box 336, Gastonia, NC 28053. All donations are tax deductible. Capt. Mike Lari, who serves as Executive Director of the GPF, is the contact for any questions, (704) 866-6937.

Gastonia Police Department Retiree Breakfast

October 23, 2019

The Gastonia Police Foundation provided funds to the Gastonia Police Department to bring retirees in for a social breakfast to reconnect to each other and the department. Out of 215 retirees, the GPD had a total of 44 attendees. Breakfast was provided by Linwood Produce. 

Donation to the Gastonia Police Foundation for National Night Out 2020

August 06, 2019

Last week we were able to surprise the Gastonia Police Foundation with a $10,000 donation ahead of National Night Out. Proud to support their efforts with the community and police department.

National Night Out 2019

August 06, 2019

The public is invited to Gastonia’s National Night Out celebration from 6 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Eastridge Mall, 246 N. New Hope Road. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign across the country that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer.

Gastonia’s National Night Out celebration, to be held in the mall parking lot at the old Sears location, is sponsored by Eastridge Mall. The event will feature public safety displays and demonstrations, free snow cones, music from a live DJ and giveaways. There will be live demonstrations from the Gastonia Police K-9 Unit and the Gastonia Fire Department as well as displays from the SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Motorcycle Unit and Mobile Command Unit. A bounce house and face painting will be available for the kids. There will be free snow cones, a chicken wings challenge, burrito eating contest, and many vendors’ booths.

“Everyone is invited to come out and meet police officers and firefighters, and enjoy all the fun,” said Gastonia Police Officer David Lingafelt. “The event is an opportunity to meet your neighbors and get ideas from the police and community watch groups about keeping our neighborhoods safe.”

For more information you may call 704-842-5120, or for online information about National Night Out please visit the website for the National Association of Town Watch at www.natw.org. If there is inclement weather on Aug. 6, please check the Gastonia Police Department’s Facebook page for information.

Scaly Adventures is the the Gastonia Police Department

June 18, 2019

Here's a behind the scenes look at some of the content the Gastonia Police Department teaches to middle school students during their interactive, hands-on CSI Summer Camp. At this outdoor scene, Sgt. Jamin Brackett allows students to search a car and shows them how investigators follow the evidence at a crime scene.

Stay tuned to Scaly Adventures to see more footage featured in a Season 7 TV episode!

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics of North Carolina

May 11, 2018

Gastonia Police Recognizes Excellence with Awards

May 10, 2018

This event was made possible by generous donations from Homesteads Grill and Taphouse, and the Gastonia Police Foundation.

Gastonia K-9 officers receive bulletproof, stab-resistant vests

September 30, 2016

The Gastonia Police Department will have a new level of protection for their six K-9 officers.

Woodhill students make their mark on “Dot Day”

September 15, 2016

They even brought their coins from the tooth fairy. In just four days, students at Woodhill Elementary collected $440 in change for the Gastonia Police Foundation.

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