Crime Prevention

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.

 Crime Prevention Resources

Citizen's 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 next course will begin on Thursday, March 7th. Class met at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal building (100 Court Plaza) and run from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner is provided. 

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.

To apply please fill out the online application or print a copy 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

Community Resource Officers

Community Resources Officers (CROs) work closely with residents to fight crime and improve the quality of life in the community. These officers work to bridge the gap between law enforcement officers and community residents through problem-solving and crime prevention initiatives. CROs regularly attend neighborhood meetings and help to develop and maintain Neighborhood Watch programs, carry out security inspections for businesses and residents upon request, present crime prevention programs and distribute crime prevention literature.

The Asheville Police Department has three patrol districts, each with an assigned Community Resource Officer.

"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.

  • The Asheville Police Department will host a Coffee with a Cop event on Thursday, January 10th beginning at noon. The event will be held at the Well Played Board Game Cafe located at 58 Wall Street, Asheville.

National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual event to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie. Join the rest of the nation in getting to know your neighbors and "give crime and drugs a going away party"! National Night Out will occur on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. 

The registration packets include all registration forms and a City of Asheville Street Closure Permit Application (if you plan to close your street for the National Night Out event). Please return all registration forms no later than July 19, 2018. Questions? Contact Officer Ryan Justus or Officer Keith McCulloch

2018 National Night Out Registration Packet


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.

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Terrorism Awareness Information

In 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) replaced the color-coded alerts of the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) with the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), designed to more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the American Public. You can access active advisories at the NTAS DHS website.



Crime Prevention Unit
Physical Address: 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801
Mailing Address: PO Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Officer Keith McCulloch: (828) 271-6145
Officer Ryan Justus: (828) 259-5834