Mission - The City of Asheville Police Department is dedicated to providing public safety and maintaining order; enforcing the laws of North Carolina, upholding the United States Constitution and enhancing national security. The City of Asheville is committed to supporting a safe city with safe neighborhoods.

About the Department - The Asheville Police Department is made up of 241 sworn and non-sworn men and women. The department also utilizes the strengths, experiences and specialties of more than 150 volunteers. The Asheville Police Department is a nationally accredited police department through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Guiding Principles - The Asheville Police Department will achieve its mission by committing to excellence through:

  • Integrity - Honesty, compassion, trust, and accountability. Police officers have the courage to do what is morally, ethically, and legally right regardless of risk.
  • Fairness - The Police Department will treat everyone impartially without favoritism or bias.
  • Respect - The Police Department will treat everyone with dignity and courtesy without prejudice.
  • Professionalism - The Police Department will deliver quality services through cooperation, open communication and a commitment to continuous improvement.

Departmental Plans

Strategic Operating Plan
Organizational Assessment    

Police-to-Citizen Website

  The Police-to-Citizen website is a public service intended to allow easier access for certain event information as well as the ability to obtain some incident reports online.

Citizens Police Academy

Sign up now for the fall Citizens Police Academy.

The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the fall semester of its Citizens Police Academy.

This free program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the APD’s service to the community. The class is designed to give residents an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement, as well as an up-close opportunity to offer insights, ideas, and solutions.

Classes begin on September 4th at 5:30 p.m. at the police department. 

The academy lasts for 12 consecutive weeks, with three-hour classes held on Thursdays. The final day of the class is a graduation ceremony.

The course consists of basic classroom instruction, presentations, and demonstrations on topics such as criminal investigations, constitutional and criminal law, use of force, departmental structure, and defensive tactics. 

Participants will also be able to ride with police officers on patrol.

Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted. For more information on the academy, contact Officer Keith McCulloch at 259-5834 or e-mail him at kmcculloch@ashevillenc.gov.

Noise Ordinance Appeals Board
Notice of Hearing

ASHEVILLE - Notice is hereby given that an appeal as it pertains to the Noise Ordinance has been taken to the Noise Ordinance Appeals Board in the following case:

1.  Rosa Gibson, of 75 Haywood Str #406, Mary Johnson, of 75 Haywood Str #411, and Margaret Pandtle, of 75 Haywood Str #410, have filed a complaint against George Bowdage, of 75 Haywood Str #409, describing a noise violation of loud noise from a television all day and all night in violation of the Noise Ordinance of the City of Asheville.

This case will be heard by the Noise Ordinance Appeals Board on April 23, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., in the Conference Room of the Chief of Police located on the 3rd Floor of the Municipal Building / Police Department.

Please contact Ms. Janet Lampkin at 259-5813, or jlampkin@ashevillenc.gov, if you have any questions.

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Asheville Police Department
Location: 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC, 28801
Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Non-emergency: (828) 252-1110
Chief’s Office: (828) 259-5855
Chief's email:  wanderson@ashevillenc.gov 
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