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Asheville Police Department announces rollout of new anonymous crime tip tool

  The Asheville Police Department (APD) is putting a new crime-fighting tool into the hands of community members. This new tool, TIP2APD, allows the public to share anonymous tips with police officers and lets officers respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation. (See video tutorial below.)   The AshevillePD app is available for free download for both [...]

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Asheville Police Department encourages residents to use online reporting tool

    The Asheville Police Department is encouraging individuals who want to report certain types of non-emergencies to use the Police to Citizen tool (P2C) available online by visiting  https://ashevillepd.policetocitizen.com.   It is crucial to remember that this tool is not a replacement for calling 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.   The online reporting module allows [...]

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Asheville Police offer tips to protect your purchases this holiday season

  Getting into the holiday spirit in 2020 might have many focusing on making adjustments to their traditions or maybe even considering alternatives, due to COVID-19 precautions. However, officers with the Asheville Police Department request residents remember an unfortunately common holiday season problem — theft. From “porch pirate” package theft, to theft from [...]

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Asheville Police Department shares information and resources for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Asheville Police Department (APD) is working in partnership with local agencies to bring attention to this issue and remind the community of domestic violence services in the Asheville area.   APD statistics show a climb in domestic violence incidents in recent months. APD officers treat domestic violence calls as [...]

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APD: Keep school bus safety in mind, as some students are still attending classes

  A new mode of school is now in session for Asheville students, but officers with the Asheville Police Department Traffic Safety Unit (TSU) say the same safety measures apply.   “Students and school buses on the roads haven’t just been gone for the summer — it has been even longer,” said APD Traffic Safety Unit Sergeant Scott [...]

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Asheville Police share tips for safer digital learning, at-home Internet use

    As students, parents, caregivers, and teachers prepare to dive into a new school year that looks quite different from any other, the Asheville Police Department Computer Crimes Unit detectives want to offer safety reminders to students and families.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social interaction opportunities for kids, teens and adults are a bit thinner than [...]

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Asheville inquiry into police protest response expands to include roles for City Council, City Attorney

  In support of Asheville Police Chief David Zack’s recommendation of an outside independent investigation into Asheville Police’s response to recent protests, City Council has requested that the City Attorney’s Office, under the direction of City Attorney Brad Branham, lead the effort to select the investigator. This move is aimed at maximizing accountability and transparency to [...]

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City of Asheville to hire independent team to review methods, tactics used during recent protests

  During Asheville City Council’s June 9 meeting, Asheville Police Chief David Zack reported to Council that the City of Asheville had hired a transparency engagement advisory firm to assist the Asheville Police Department with disseminating public information. These advisors from Cole Pro Media are here to help us deliver our messages in a transparent and [...]

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Medic support area established for downtown public assemblies

  Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, City Manager Debra Campbell, Asheville Police Deputy Chief James Baumstark and Lieutenant Brandon Moore met with UNC Asheville Chancellor Nancy Cable, UNC Asheville students and others who provided medical supplies during Tuesday’s demonstration.     The discussion focused on ways to enhance communication and collaboration. The City of Asheville agreed to reimburse the staff [...]

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Asheville Police Chief David Zack issues statement regarding destruction of water bottles

        A statement from Asheville Police Chief David Zack:   Transparency and accountability is what our community expects and deserves. As the Chief of Police I understand the concern has been raised over the destruction of water, food, and medical supplies. The Asheville Police Department (APD) would always prefer confiscation over destruction. We apologize for not being able [...]

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Asheville Police Department Chief David Zack releases statement on Sunday protests

  This statement was provided in its entirety at a 3:30 p.m. June 1 press conference. Asheville Police Department Chief David Zack:   “The Asheville Police Department and law enforcement across the nation have condemned what took place in Minneapolis. I recognize the anger and frustration in our community surrounding the death of George Floyd. Your anger is justifiable, [...]

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Asheville Police Department launches online reporting as part of upgraded Police to Citizen Tool

  The Asheville Police Department is excited to announce an upgrade to our Police to Citizen (P2C) tool. The upgrade includes a new look, ease of access to incident, crash, and arrest reports, and includes the new ability for individuals to report incidents online. You can access the Police to Citizen Tool by visiting

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Asheville Police Department modifying patrol response procedures to minimize spread of COVID-19

    The Asheville Police Department (APD) remains dedicated to providing the highest level of public safety to everyone in Asheville. In an effort to protect those who are at risk, minimize the spread of COVID-19, and to maintain the health and safety of APD officers and personnel, APD is implementing several procedural changes effective immediately. All non-emergency [...]