Community invited to meet finalists for Asheville Police Chief

  The City of Asheville invites the community to meet the final candidates for the next chief of the Asheville Police Department.    In partnership with Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) consultants, a nationwide search was performed and the candidate pool has been narrowed.    Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17,  on the First [...]

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NAMI Western Carolina Awards Asheville Police Officer with Distinguished Award

  On Dec. 5, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Western Carolina affiliate awarded the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year for 2019. The Asheville Police Department (APD) is honored that NAMI WC recognized Senior Police Officer (SPO) Justin Booth.   SPO Booth has been with the Asheville Police Department since 2008. He is an [...]

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Asheville Police share winter holiday safety tips to deter crime

  Asheville Police Department   This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving thieves a chance to do their dirty work. Homes jam-packed with glittering gifts. Stores, malls, and downtown streets teeming with unsuspecting shoppers. People rushing around, stressed out and careless, looking for last-minute gifts, trying to get everything done. It’s enough [...]

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Package theft prevention tips from the Asheville Police Department

    It’s the time of year for holiday cheer! These days, many people are ordering gifts online, meaning packages are often delivered to the house when residents aren’t home. Unfortunately, unattended packages can be a target for thieves, also known as porch pirates. Take these steps to safeguard your packages from theft.   Consider arranging to have packages delivered to neighbors who [...]

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City of Asheville receives $25,000 match grant for the purchase of 78 bulletproof vests

  The Asheville Police Department (APD) will soon acquire 78 brand new bulletproof vests for officers, thanks to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant.    The DOJ has preliminarily determined that the City of Asheville is eligible to receive an award of $25,219.31 for the vests, which requires a dollar-for-dollar match by the City.    “Ensuring [...]

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Police chaplains serve the community through Asheville Police Department

  In the aftermath of emergency situations, victims and police officers often face a host of negative effects on their emotional wellbeing. This creates a need for support services to aid in the mental wellness of both victims and officers. One program that provides these services is Asheville Police Department (APD) police chaplains. A police chaplain [...]

Asheville Police Department implements written consent to search

  The Asheville Police Department (APD) is dedicated to furthering our commitment to transparency and accountability. The APD has updated its existing Search and Seizure policy to incorporate the use of a written consent form to ensure that residents have a full understanding of their rights regarding consent-based searches.   In addition, the written [...]

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Halloween happenings, plus safety tips from the Asheville Police Department

  Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids, but a worrisome one for parents. Here you’ll find safety tips from the Asheville Police Department that will help make Halloween a good night for all. Plus a list of City-related Halloween events.   City Halloween happenings Oct 25-26 Haunted Castle on the Hill, 7-10 p.m. at Stephens [...]

Asheville Police Department shares facts, resources for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Asheville Police Department (APD) is taking the opportunity to bring attention to the national issue and remind the community of domestic and sexual violence services for survivors in the Asheville area. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury and seventh leading cause of death for women in the [...]

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Making history: First female Asheville Police Officer to patrol on motorcycle

Asheville Police Department’s (APD) Senior Police Officer Meg Donahue pinned the honorable Motor Officer wings to her uniform in August, after successfully completing one of the most rigorous training courses a police officer can endure.   Officer Donahue is one of only three women that have ever completed the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Basic Motor [...]

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Asheville City Manager shares timeline and process for hiring new Police Chief

    We want to share with the community an update about the Asheville Police Department interim leadership and the process for selecting a new Police Chief.   As previously announced, APD Chief Chris Bailey has decided to resign for personal reasons. His last day will be Sept. 27.   Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell has named Robert C. White (Retired) [...]

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Asheville Police Chief to resign for personal reasons

  Asheville Police Chief Chris Bailey has given notice of his resignation for personal reasons which need his attention. Chief Bailey’s last day of employment will be September 27, 2019.   “I appreciate the opportunity and confidence the City Manager and selection committee had in me to lead the great women and men of the Asheville Police Department,” [...]

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City of Asheville to hold 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

  The City of Asheville will hold a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the City Municipal Building, 100 Court Plaza. This event is to pay solemn tribute to those who heroically sacrificed their own lives to save thousands of others, and to remember those who helped in the rescue-recovery efforts that followed [...]

U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for 2020

  From the U.S. Census: The U.S. Census Bureau continues to recruit thousands of workers for temporary jobs available nationwide in advance of the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census Jobs website allows applicants to apply for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, census field supervisors, and census takers by completing a single [...]

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Asheville residents invited to sign up for Citizen’s Police Academy

The Asheville Police Department invites residents to apply for the Fall 2019 semester of the Citizens Police Academy (CPA). This free course teaches participants about the philosophies, policies, and guiding principles of law enforcement and the ethical conduct governing police services in the community. Participants will also be given time to offer comments, ideas, and [...]

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Asheville neighborhoods invited to participate in National Night Out

  National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign 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 is a national event celebrated by communities all around the country.   The 2019 [...]

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City Manager Debra Campbell names Chris Bailey as Asheville’s next Police Chief

  After a national search informed by robust input from our local community, City Manager Debra Campbell is excited to announce that Chris Bailey will become Asheville’s next Police Chief.   Bailey comes to the City of Asheville from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, where he most recently served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division. The [...]