The Community Policing Division is overseen by Assistant Chief G.G. Osborne and is comprised primarily of uniformed officers assigned to one of four geographical areas known as zones. Each zone is commanded by a Captain. The officers assigned to each zone are further divided into squads that cover rotating 12-hour shifts and are supervised by a Sergeant. The Community Policing Division is responsible for controlling and preventing crime through regular patrols, answering calls for service, apprehending offenders, enforcing criminal and traffic laws, conducting preliminary investigations and working with the community to solve neighborhood crime problems. This Division also has two specialized patrol units, which are the K-9 Unit and a seasonal Marine Enforcement Unit and also includes the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the Hazardous Device Unit (HDU), whose specially trained members are available 24 hours a day to assist in crisis situations.
Zones 1 & 4
Zone One and Four Commander: Captain S. Myers
Captain S. Myers is the Zone Commander for both Zones One and Four. This command area includes the sections of Gaston County north of the Crowders Mountain State Park and west of Highway 321. The command also includes the incorporated area of Bessemer City. His office is located at the Bessemer City Substation, 132 W. Virginia Ave., Bessemer City, NC 28016.
Zone Two Commander: Captain S. Mauney-Smith
Captain S. Mauney is the Commander for Zone Two. This command area includes the sections of Gaston County east of Highway 321 and North of the eastern corridor of Highway 29-74, Wilkinson Blvd. Her office is located at the Gaston County Police Headquarters, 420 West Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28052.
Zone Three Commander: Captain S. Jentsch
Captain S. Jentsch is the Commander for Zone Three. This command area includes the section of Gaston County South of the Crowders Mountain State Park and South of the eastern corridor of Highway 29-74, Wilkinson Blvd. His office is located at the Gaston County Police Department’s headquarters, 420 West Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, NC 28052.