In an effort to provide readily available information to the citizens of Asheville we have provided links to the most commonly requested policies below. To request copies of additional Asheville Police Department policies please contact the Department's Public Information Officer at email@example.com.
The Asheville Police Department's Use of Force policy is currently under revision.
On Sept. 19, 2016, Chief Tammy Hooper and other APD representatives met with members of the Community Police Policy Work Group, facilitated by the Vera Institute of Justice. The group is comprised of 16 representatives from various facets of the Asheville community — business, education, social justice groups, LGBT and Latino. The group provided recommendations on the revision of the policy with a primary focus on de-escalation.
A new draft policy and the final report from the Vera Institute were presented to the Community Police Policy Work group for review on Nov. 21, 2016. The following draft policy is based on the collaborative efforts of the department and the Community Police Policy Work Group.
Current APD Use of Force Policy
Draft Use of Force Policy - To comment on the draft policy, click here.
Vera Institute Final Report
The Asheville Police Department's current Body Worn Camera policy came into effect on August 30, 2016 and is in adherence with North Carolina House Bill 972. The policy is intended to provide employees with instruction on when and how to use body-worn cameras so that officers may accurately document public contacts, arrests and other incidents while attempting to solve violations of the law and otherwise serve the public interest.
The Asheville Police Department's Vehicle Pursuit Policy is currently under revision. Once a new policy has been approved we will provide a copy of the updated version on this site.