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    What do you guys know about it? Good? Bad? So-so? I looked at it looks like a good place to work. Decent size dept, SWAT, Dive team, etc. Thanks in advance.

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    Gastonia enjoys a good reputation in the area. They used to lag behind in pay, but I have heard that problem is behind them now. I think they actually have a structured pay plan, based on years of service, so you can look and have a good idea what you will be earning in 1 , 3, or 5 years for example. Gaston County is a decent place to live, and I think Gastonia PD officers can actually live in any county that adjoins Gaston County, but that is unconfirmed. Provided that pay issue is resolved, I think Gastonia is a good choice.

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    • #3
      I work around that agency and know many of their officers. The good points are the improved salary plan, good equipment and a great opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of LE activities. Its a busy place and I think they are still running a little short handed. As recently as a few months ago I know they were running mandatory overtime to fill patrol shifts to minimum standards. Not sure how many vacancies they have now but I would bet the haven't filled them all. With all the good things, people are still leaving there so I think there are some internal problems. I'm not saying don't apply there I'm just suggesting maybe do some ride alongs and talk to the people there.

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      • #4
        Didnt they recently expand the take home car program there as well?
        John 15:13 - Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

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        • #5
          Yes but I think you have to pay a certain amount to take them out of the city. Not sure how much it is. I'm sure its a per mile price.

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          • #6
            There was an article in the local paper. GPD just hired 9 officers and currently have 4 in BLET. They are still looking to fill 5 more vacancies.

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            • #7
              cool thanks

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