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Asheville Police Assigns New Downtown Unit

Monday, August 17th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – With the continued economic vitality and growth in the downtown area, Asheville police have seen an associated increase in calls for service in the Central Business District (CBD).

In 2008, officers assigned to extra duty downtown (called “augment”) handled more than 4,247 such calls, while also making more than 4,680 business contacts and recording some 16,000 non-enforcement interactions with the public.

To further bolster our positive efforts in the CBD, the APD has formed a dedicated eight-member Downtown Unit to patrol the area on bike, foot and with electric GEM cars.

“Nearly 20 percent of our calls for service and workload occurs in the Central Business District,” Chief Bill Hogan said. “This is another way for us to address that call demand.”

The unit, which officially began patrols on July 29, is composed of existing personnel, with the only related costs being to furnish each officer with a bicycle and its associated uniforms and equipment.

The unit’s area of focus is roughly bordered by Interstate 240 to the north; Hilliard Avenue to the south; the roundabout at Woodfin Street to the east; and Clingman & Patton avenues to the west.

“Having eight dedicated officers with a full-time focus on this area will allow us to develop and foster relationships with merchants, as well as with the people who work, live and visit downtown on a regular basis,” Chief Hogan said.

Asheville Police Descend on Edwin Place, Arrest One

Friday, February 13th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Over ten Asheville Police officers were on-scene at Edwin Place in North Asheville around 11 PM Saturday night.

Officers arrested one male for attempted breaking and entering as neighbors had early reported seeing the individual tampering with parked cars. Officers combed through neighborhood yards with flashlights in an attempt to recover stolen property and any results of their search were not yet made public. Additional charges may also be pending.

Be sure to check the Local Scoop on Saturday for more information on this developing story.