The Asheville Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit works closely with the community to help educate the public to recognize a crime risk and initiate some action to remove/reduce the risk. With the help of community members the department can fight crime by gathering information that might not normally be available.
Safety Tip Resources:
- Children's Safety
- Neighborhood Watch
- Emergency Preparedness
- Gun Safety
- Hate Crimes
- Holiday Crime Prevention
- Home Inventory
- Home Security
- Identity Theft
- Internet Safety
- Operation ID
- Organized Retail Crime
- Robbery Prevention
- Scams and Con Artists
- Vehicle Theft
- Violence at School
Citizens Police Academy
The Citizens Police Academy is a free course that teaches citizens about the philosophies, policies and guiding principles of law enforcement and the ethical conduct governing police services in the community. It gives citizens an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement. Citizens also have the opportunity to offer comments, ideas and solutions.
The Academy is held twice a year (Fall/Spring) on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for fourteen consecutive weeks. The course consists of basic classroom, demonstrations and presentations on topics such as criminal investigation, use of force, departmental structure, specialty units and defensive tactics. Course participants are also given the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer.
The Asheville Police Department is currently accepting applications for the Citizens Police Academy which begins in March.
To apply please print a copy of the application and mail or fax it to:
City of Asheville Police Department
Citizen's Police Academy
PO Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802
Fax: (828) 259-5924
"Coffee with a Cop" and "Walk with a Cop" Events
Both "Coffee with a Cop" and "Walk with a Cop" are national community programs designed to bring together members of the community and law enforcement for open conversation. There are no speeches or agendas, just an opportunity for community members to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers that patrol your neighborhoods.
There is an understandable community concern and conversation about graffiti within the city limits of Asheville. Graffiti is not only a crime, but a nuisance to our community. The Asheville Police Department is working closely with the other city departments and the community to determine ways to improve the response to this issue.
There are a number of ways to report instances of graffiti:
- If you witness graffiti in progress you can report it by calling 9-1-1.To file a report please call (828) 252-1110. A picture(s) of the tag and a specific location is useful information to provide when filing a report.
- Asheville-Buncombe Crime Stoppers can also take reports of criminal activity. They can be reached by calling (828) 255-5050.
To report graffiti on city property for removal:
- Citizens can utilize the Asheville App.
- Contact the Public Works Department at (828) 259-5852.
- Contact the Neighborhood Coordinator at (828) 259-5506.