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The Police Department in the Town of Gaston, SC

The Town of Gaston, South Carolina is a peaceful community that has a friendly, small-town atmosphere. Our police department here in Gaston, SC is dedicated to ensuring a safe neighborhood for our residents. Learn more about our local law enforcement unit below.

A Message From the Chief

“First and foremost, I would like to thank God and my family for standing by me in my career as a law enforcement officer. We, as a community, know the hardships that we must face every day, such as crime, bad economy, and poor education. These three things go hand-in-hand. The one factor they all have in common is that they produce victims.

As citizens, we have to come together and fight against these three catalysts to create a calm and reassuring presence in our town and our society. This shows that we can live without the threat of being victimized.

We, as a whole, need to communicate the problems in our community to law enforcement and with one another. Through gathering with our leaders in public forums, such as crime watch and town council meetings, we can work through the issues in our community.

I, along with everyone, will stand and move forward to make the town of Gaston a better place to raise our children. But it will take all of us working together to truly achieve this goal.

Thank you for this opportunity. I promise to work hard to make this community a safe environment for all. It is time for the residents to be proud of where they call home once again.

And to my fellow law enforcers, we need to understand and sense the noble purpose and meaning of law-enforcement. It is a vocation of selfless service, compassion, and doing good for others.”

The Police Department’s Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Gaston Police Department to serve all people with respect, fairness, and compassion. Our commitment is to improve the quality of life of all the citizens in the town of Gaston. We aim to reduce the fear of crime and being victimized by prosecuting the people who victimize others.

Our mission can be accomplished by combining effective and professional policing strategies in the community with uncompromising criminal enforcement of local and state laws.

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Contact the Police Department 803-936-6003 or fax 803-936-6005

If you have any questions or concerns for the Gaston Police Department, do not hesitate to reach out to the following officers:

Chief Stephen Watkins


Lieutenant Robert Marzol


Sergeant Brad Wilke


Officer Jonathan Watkins


Captain Cliff Hayes




Gaston Police Department offering free pizza and slurpees to kids for "Back To School For Kids" day at 7-Eleven in Gaston, Thursday, August 12, 2021.

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