Gaston County's Rural Police Force was created by Legislative Act and started operating July 1, 1957. It was organized as a unit separate from the Sheriff's Department. It later became known as the Gaston County Police.
The Gastonia (N.C.) Gazette, 18 February 1957, page 1, "County Police Force to Form In July"
The Gastonia (N.C.) Gazette, 23 January 1972, page 4, "Dual law forces is passing fad"
Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Gaston County and City Officials in 1958
Revised: 26 August 2014
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