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City to host public meeting on police chief search

The City of Asheville will hold an informational meeting to discuss how public input informed the profile used to search for Asheville’s next police chief. The informational session will take place at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at the Stephens Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. Working in partnership with Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) [...]

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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 [...]

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Interim City Manager Cathy Ball announcement: Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper to resign

A message from Interim City Manager Cathy Ball: The purpose of this communication is to share news that Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper has given notice of her resignation, with an effective date of Jan. 2, 2019, to pursue consulting opportunities.   Chief Hooper previously gave notice of her resignation to the former city manager in February of [...]

One-stop portal: Press releases, graphics and documents related to APD excessive use of force investigation in one place

The City of Asheville has gathered all press releases, graphics and documents related to a former Asheville Police officer excessive use of force investigation into this portal on the City of Asheville website. The information relates to an use of excessive force against Johnnie Jermaine Rush by former Officer Christopher Hickman in August 2017. See the links [...]

Asheville City Manager announces management assignments

Asheville City Manager Gary Jackson     We will update this story soon, following this March 20 development: Asheville City Manager Gary Jackson to leave     On March 15, City Manager Gary Jackson announced these changes to management assignments:   Equity and Inclusion Office: Based on the Council’s Blue Ribbon Task Force recommendation, this new office will be created and report [...]

Asheville City Council votes to support City Manager’s release of personnel information related to APD investigation

Asheville City Council held a special called meeting March 5, 2018, in which the Council went into closed session to consult with the City Attorney about the Aug. 24, 2017, use of force incident involving former Asheville Police Senior Officer Chris Hickman.   This incident follows the March 1, 2018, media release of body-worn video footage of [...]

Asheville Police Professional Standards Report shows dramatic decrease in use of force

  The Asheville Police Department has released its 2017 Professional Standards annual report.  The Professional Standards report is released yearly to provide a comprehensive picture of the Asheville Police Department’s performance. The report analyzes the department’s vehicle pursuits, use of force, assaults on officers, bias-based policing and administrative investigations for calendar year 2017.   “One of [...]

Asheville Police Department releases crime statistics snapshot

In fiscal year 2015-2016, the Asheville Police Department responded to 116,977 calls for service, resulting in 10,550 police reports and 4,920 arrests. Take a look at this snapshot of APD at work. Our officers participated in 10,842 hours of training, including training in body-worn cameras, rapid deployment, crisis intervention and implicit bias. Fiscal year 2015-2016 also marked [...]

Asheville Police, Fire Department officers to participate in Carolina Brotherhood Ride

Firefighters and police officers from North and South Carolina will cycle approximately 460 miles in five days to pay tribute to fallen brothers and sisters from the Carolinas. Riders will head out on July 25 from Columbia, S.C., and will end their journey on July 29 Raleigh. Several Asheville Firefighters and Asheville Police Officers are among [...]

Asheville Police crisis negotiators team to defuse crisis situations

“Die Hard, “The Negotiator” and “Speed. What do all of these movies have in common? They all involve actors portraying skilled crisis negotiators assisting in the rescue of hostages. At the Asheville Police Department we don’t employ actors, but rather officers trained to effectively communicate with people who are in a crisis situation. A team [...]

As Asheville Police sergeant retires, his son wears the badge

Above, Sgt. Jeff Peterson and his son Officer Andrew Peterson. Police departments around the country are comprised of a tight-knit group of individuals, who commonly refer to their coworkers as their brothers and sisters in blue. The Asheville Police Department is no different. It is not uncommon for multiple generations of blood-related family members to work [...]

Asheville Police Department launches ‘Sober Hero’ campaign

The Asheville Police Department, in partnership with the Asheville Alcoholic Board of Control (ABC), kicked off the “Sober Hero” campaign on October 10 at the Oktoberfest event in downtown Asheville.   Rather than promoting the designated driver, this campaign promotes the sober driver – that is someone who has a system free of all drugs and alcohol. [...]

Forensics patrol uses high-tech methods to help solve crimes

We’ve all seen criminal investigations shows like CSI. Their increase in popularity has warped the public perception of crime scene forensics and forensic technicians. The public assumes that every crime scene contains DNA, fingerprints and easily identifiable clues that assist in the quick apprehension of the bad guy. Although in many instances these clues do exist, [...]