Pedestrian bridge walk highlights next steps for safety

The latest in a series of steps in the reopening of the pedestrian bridge that spans I-240 and connects the Hillcrest Apartment complex with Asheville’s River District took place Saturday, Feb. 5. City of Asheville police, public works and community relations staff gathered alongside community members to share information about the reopening and gather information [...]

APD Youth Explorers take prizes at Gatlinburg, TN competition

  Members of the Asheville Police Department’s Explorer Post 57 traveled to Gatlinburg, TN over the weekend to compete in the annual Winterfest Competition there. The competition focuses on skills and training to accomplish 15 simulated law enforcement scenarios like crime scene investigation and burglary report. The group of eight competing Explorers came home with second [...]

Stay safe during winter storms

Already this winter, multiple snowstorms have hit Asheville and Western North Carolina, and the City’s Public Works Department has been hard at work to keep roads passable and clear, while the Asheville Police and Fire Departments continue to keep people safe. The City of Asheville is urging the public to remain safe and cautious throughout inclement [...]

Pedestrian bridge community update meeting and walk Saturday Jan. 8 ***UPDATED: This meeting has been postponed***

***UPDATE*** Jan. 8 meeting POSTPONED: Due to the winter weather forecast for the Asheville area over the next 24 hours and in the interest of safety, the pedestrian bridge community update meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 8 from 1-3 p.m. has been postponed. Information on the make-up date will be released once a new date is confirmed. The [...]

APD Community Resource Officers build community bridges

Asheville Police Department Officer Jackie Stepp’s department-issued cell phone sometimes rings up to four times a day with questions or observations from Asheville residents or business owners. That’s not so surprising since she gives out the number at community meetings and to anyone who asks. As Community Resource Officers, Stepp and her partner, Officer Evan [...]

Asheville Police Department graduates 32 from Citizens Police Academy

In a Tuesday evening ceremony, the Asheville Police Department recognized 32 people who completed its Citizens Police Academy. The program, offered twice a year, takes participants through in-depth tours and descriptions of the inner workings of the Asheville Police Department to give them a better understanding of law enforcement and build relationships with APD officers. “The [...]

Pedestrian bridge reopened ahead of schedule

From a City of Asheville press release: ASHEVILLE – Responding to requests by community members and Asheville City Council, the North Carolina Department of Transportation on Thursday reopened a pedestrian bridge that spans I-240 near the Smoky Park Bridge and Hillcrest Apartments.  Asheville City Council voted in August to request the reopening. Though initially planned for mid-January, [...]

Public safety communications rely on diverse infrastructure

In the world of communications, diversity means increased reliability.  The city of Asheville uses a number of telecommunication tools to ensure public safety communications are in line with making Asheville the safest city in America when compared to cities of similar size. Information about the city’s public safety delivery systems is highly sensitive due to its [...]

In the halls with Asheville Police Department’s School Resource Officers

Before becoming a School Resource Officer, Jason Briscoe served in the military and worked as a patrol officer for the Asheville Police Department. But the Asheville native says working among students, teachers and administrators, first at Asheville Middle School, then at Asheville High, was an eye-opener. “My hat goes off to the teachers and principals and [...]

New Oakley Police Resource Center opens in East Asheville

The Asheville Police Department’s recently opened Oakley Resource Center is the result of a series of partnerships and collaborations, all of which, says APD Chief William Hogan, were critical to the project’s success. The 2,500 square-foot facility provides a satellite station for the APD’s Baker District, which serves north and east Asheville, and officially opened with [...]

Asheville Police Department: Business owner example of community policing effort

The Asheville Police Department presented business owner Russell Wood with a certificate of appreciation Wednesday, Sept. 1 in thanks for information he provided that resulted in Tuesday’s successful apprehending of Kenneth E. Allison. Wood, owner of Remax Advantage Realty, alerted police on Aug. 30 that Allison had visited his office the day before and had been [...]

Asheville Police Department promotes 17 officers

In a ceremony on August 27, the Asheville Police Department issued 17 promotions to officers within the department. The ceremony, attended by family, fellow officers, Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy and City of Asheville personnel, took place in the Ferguson Auditorium of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. The occasion marked the promotion of 14 officers to the [...]

Asheville Police Department’s Computer Crimes Unit cracks cyber cases

To keep kids safe, police are doing more than community policing and patrolling streets. Detectives in the Asheville Police Department also patrol the high-tech corridors of online communication. The job falls to APD’s Computer Crimes Unit, which was recently recognized in a regional, multi-agency law enforcement announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Perhaps the most high-profile [...]

Teens graduate the Asheville Police Department’s Junior Academy

On Friday, July 30, about 20 teens and their parents gathered in a room above the Asheville Police Department to graduate from the department’s Junior Police Academy. The free week-long academy is operated out of the APD’s Crime Prevention Unit and gives teens ages 14-17 first-hand exposure to various elements of criminal investigation such as [...]

The Bele Chere Breakdown, part 2

Since pedestrians are still walking around the festival area after Bele Chere closes, officers from the Asheville Police Department stand guard at the festival barricades, keeping the streets closed to traffic. By about 6:30, when pedestrian traffic has thinned enough, festival officials put out a call to APD officers and festival staff that vendor vehicles [...]

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