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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 [...]

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Asheville Police to close its buildings to public to promote COVID-19 social distancing measures 

  In an effort to ensure the highest safety for our police officers and Asheville Police Department (APD) personnel, as well as decrease the chances for the spread of COVID-19 within our community, all APD buildings, including the Municipal Building and all district resource centers, will close to the public effective immediately.    This action is aligned with [...]

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Asheville Police Department to host new Junior Police Academy

    The Asheville Police Department is excited to announce the first offering of a Junior Police Academy. This new program is designed for youth ages 14-19 who have a serious interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement.   Topics will include criminal law, investigations, narcotics, patrol/arrest techniques, and physical training. All classes are designed to incorporate both [...]

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Get to know Asheville Police Department’s K9 officers

    The Asheville Police Department (APD) K-9 unit is one “ruff” division. But seriously, all jokes aside, these K9s and their partners provide a valuable service to our community. They help keep drugs off the streets, track suspects, and find missing people. On top of all that, they keep our police officers safe! Not just any [...]

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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 [...]