McCabe holds an associate degree in Emergency Medical Science from Catawba Valley Community College, a bachelor’s degree in business from Montreat College, and master’s degree in business from Pfeiffer University. He is a state and nationally registered paramedic. He is a Sergeant First Class in the US Army Reserves and serves as an instructor for the Advanced Leadership Course out of Fort Knox, Ky.
Paul Smith has been promoted to East District Patrol captain and is commander of the Special Situations Unit. Crime Prevention, K-9 and Traffic are also under his supervision. Smith is a 24-year veteran of the GPD and has had many duties and assignments, providing assistance to the entire department and the Chief’s office. He has served in Patrol, Crime Scene Investigations, SWAT, as Police Training Officer and Police Training Officer Sergeant, and as a shift investigator and shift sniper.
As Administrative Sergeant for 10 years, Smith served as Range Master, Dive Team Commander, and SWAT Advisor. He’s a state certified instructor. He holds an associate degree from Gaston College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mount Olive.
Officers promoted to sergeant are:
Sgt. Casey Justice was hired in June 2011 and has served with the Patrol Division. In June 2016, he became a K-9 handler on the nightshift with many tracks, apprehensions and arrests. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Charlotte.
Sgt. Jarod Ewers was hired in July 2009 and served in West District Patrol until being transferred to Traffic in October 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University and many certifications.
Sgt. John Terry was hired in January 2001 and assigned to the Patrol Division until 2005 when he was transferred to the Street Crime Unit. He was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit in May 2006, and served as a sworn Task Force Officer with Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives from 2007 – 2018. He was a member of the Bomb Squad for six years. He holds an associate degree from Gaston College.
Sgt. Jordan Reese was hired in July 2011 and served with Patrol for more than five years before being assigned to CSI for two years. He served as a sniper for three years and currently serves with the Honor Guard, the Shift Tactical Unit and as a Gang Intelligence Liaison. He holds an associate degree from Gaston College.
Sgt. Josh Smith was hired in December 2010 and has served as a Police Training Officer and Shift Tactical Officer since 2012. He has served as a shift sniper since 2017, the Honor Guard since 2018 and has served with GPD’s Recruitment Team. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University, and a master’s degree from University of the Rockies.
Recently hired officers are:
Kristopher Burkhart was hired on July 30, 2018. He holds an associate degree from NC State Agricultural Institute and completed the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program at Gaston College in December 2018.
Andrew Mosteller was hired on Nov. 6, 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and completed BLET at Gaston College in December 2018.
Noel Santoyo was hired on July 30, 2018. He has an associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force and he completed BLET at Gaston College in December 2018. Noel serves in the U.S. Air Force.
Jameelah Stephens was hired on June 4, 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University, a master’s degree from Walden University and completed BLET at Gaston College in December 2018.
Maurice Taylor was hired on July 16, 2018 after serving as a police officer for two years with Oak Harbor, WA. He has an associate degree and bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and completed BLET at Gaston College in December 2018.
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