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Mission Statement
The mission of the Gaston County Police Department is to enhance safety and security through police services, which reflect our compassion and concern for the quality of life of all citizens.

Value Statements
The organizational philosophy of the Gaston County Police Department toward service delivery and an overall sense of direction can best be summarized in the value statements of the department. The value statements serve the purpose of informing both the community and department personnel of the foundation for providing efficient and effective police service. Therefore, Gaston County Police Officers always think:

F.I.R.S.T.
Fairness: We protect constitutional rights through impartial enforcement of the law. We are dedicated to treating citizens and our employees with dignity, respect, and equality.
Integrity: We adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards. Honesty and sincerity serve as the foundation in dealing with each other and the community. In all we do, we have the courage and commitment to uphold these values.
Respect: We will treat all people with compassion, tolerance, and dignity by providing professional law enforcement services through highly trained personnel accountable to our community.
Service: We strive to improve the quality of life in partnership with the community. Our commitment is unwavering in the face of the many challenges confronting our officers.
Trust: We demand honesty and accountability from every employee. This value fosters community and employee confidence in the department and allows for an open and honest relationship.