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 [...]

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Asheville Police Headquarters to be named after late lieutenant

At their June 11 meeting, City Council passed a resolution to name Asheville Police Headquarters in memory of former APD Lt. Walter Robertson. During his 28-year tenure at the Asheville Police Department, “Walt” Robertson became the first African American to reach the rank of Lieutenant. An Asheville native, he graduated from Lee Edwards High School and [...]

Asheville Police Department shares information about victim and witness support services

  The Asheville Police Department is committed to providing a caring, supportive and compassionate level of response to individuals who work and reside in Asheville, and to those who visit the city and require law enforcement assistance. Two victim advocates are available within the Victim Services Unit to assist crime victims, witnesses, and their families with [...]

Asheville Police Department offering free gun locks

    The Asheville Police Department both practices and encourages firearms safety. Beginning today, APD is making 200 gun locks available on a first-come, first-served basis. The locks are available at the front desk of the Asheville Police Department, 100 Court Plaza.   No personal information is required to obtain a gun lock. Simply come to [...]

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Registration opens for APD’s Spring Citizens Police Academy

The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the Spring 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. It gives participants an opportunity to appreciate and better understand [...]

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Asheville 2018 in review: New leadership, APD data releases, bond projects advance and more

  With 2018 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 topics that your City government advanced in 2018. We’ll have 2019 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1.   Debra Campbell becomes Asheville City Manager The search for a new City Manager [...]

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Asheville Police Department releases use of force data

    In a continuing effort to increase transparency and provide the community with access to data, the Asheville Police Department has worked in partnership with several community members to release use of force data online through the City of Asheville Open data Portal.   The data will include all records on/after Jan. 1, 2018. The data [...]