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Asheville City Council approves resident-requested speed limit changes

     Slow down, Asheville. For safety, of course. City residents have asked for lower speed limits on a number of our streets. In response to those requests the City performed traffic engineering studies to assess the feasibility of doing so. N.C. General Statute 20-141 gives the City the authority to regulate speed limits within [...]

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City Manager names David Zack as Asheville Police Chief

  After an extensive national search, Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell is happy to announce that David Zack will become the city’s next Chief of Police, effective Feb. 4.   Chief Zack has served as Police Chief of Cheektowaga, N.Y., for nine years and brings over 30 years of police experience. Cheektowaga is similar in size to Asheville [...]

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2020 City of Asheville initiatives: What to look for in the new year

With a new year comes new programs, facility improvements and projects to improve our community. Here’s a look ahead at 10 Asheville City government initiatives as we ring in not only a new year, but a new decade  in 2020.     Civic Center gets Harrah’s Cherokee name  The year 2020 will start with excitement for the newly named Harrah’s Cherokee Center — [...]

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Residents invited to register for APD’s spring Citizen’s Police Academy

  The Asheville Police Department (APD) is now inviting residents to apply for the spring semester of the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA). Participants in this free course will learn about the daily work and operations of APD, while also giving the department an opportunity to obtain valuable feedback from the community.   The course will begin on March [...]

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Asheville Police Department to add patrol district, realign existing districts in 2020

  Beginning in January 2020, the Asheville Police Department (APD) will add a new patrol district, as well as realign existing patrol districts. These changes will directly impact APD’s ability to deliver public safety services citywide through improved response times, increased community policing efforts, and enhanced relationships with community stakeholders.   In response to increasing calls for service [...]

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) [...]