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.

Fall Citizen's Police Academy Registration Now Open

The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the fall semester of the Citizen’s Police Academy. This free program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the Asheville Police Department’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. 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 take part in a ride-along.

The first class will be held on September 3rd and continue every Thursday for 14 consecutive weeks. Classes run from 6:00-9:00 p.m. (with dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.) and are held at the Asheville Police Department headquarters, located at 100 Court Plaza, in downtown Asheville.

Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted. An application can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1QQt9L1. For additional information on the academy, please contact Officer Keith McCulloch at (828) 259-5834 or at kmcculloch@ashevillenc.gov

Speed Measuring Instrument Audit

In October 2014 concerns were raised to the District Attorney's office regarding the validity of the Asheville Police Department's use of speed measuring instruments (SMIs). The District Attorney at the time requested that the City of Asheville conduct an investigation of all citations issued and charges filed using SMIs to corroborate visual speed estimates from January 2011 through October 2014. 

In an effort to complete an independent review of SMI calibrations and officer certifications, the City entered into a contract with Johnson Price Sprinkle PA (JPS) on November 7, 2014. JPS's final report can be found here.

Strategic Operations Plan

The Asheville Police Department has developed a Strategic Operating Plan that identifies goals and objectives for the department over the next three years. Please click here to access the 2014-2017 Strategic Operations Plan. 

Organizational Assessment
In November of 2014 the Matrix Consulting Group began the project to conduct an Organizational Assessment of the Asheville Police Department. The focus and purpose of this assessment was to evaluate the management systems and organizational culture within the Asheville Police Department to determine if the management systems in place conform to "best practices" for a law enforcement organization.  The assessment evaluated a number of areas including: communications, organizational cohesiveness, accountability, stability and consistency, management abilities, management training, internal processes, transparency and trust, and leadership. 

The assessment was completed in March and the results are available here.

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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) 259-5813
(828) 250-5881
Chief's E-mail: Chief Tammy Hooper, thooper@ashevillenc.gov

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