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Have Coffee with a Cop

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – On January 24, 2015 officers from the Asheville Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.  All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:00am on January 24 at Bojangles restaurant located at 99 Merrimon Avenue. Please contact Officer Keith McCulloch with questions: 828-259-5834 or at [email protected]

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Asheville’s neighborhoods.  The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Crime Prevention Officer Keith McCulloch. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

City Manager Announces Outside Audit of APD Radar and Citations

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville City Manager Gary Jackson announced on Friday that he is calling for an outside audit of Asheville Police Department citations issued using radar guns over the last three years. This will involve a review of all radar units, as well as the certification of the officers using them.

This is in keeping with the greater scrutiny already underway as outlined in the APD’s Strategic Operating Plan, Jackson said.

“As an issue of public trust, it is crucial to make sure we get accurate and accountable information,” Jackson said.

The announcement follows the information that some radar guns used by the department were no longer certified or may have had a lapse in which they were not certified. Training on uncertified radar guns could impact the certification of officers using them as well as the status of traffic citations.

On Friday, Asheville Police Chief William Anderson expressed his support for the audit.

“Given what we have learned to date we feel that it would be beneficial to go back this extended period of time to get a full and accurate picture,” Anderson said.

The contract with a public accounting firm is anticipated to be in place by the end of next week, and the audit is projected to take approximately six months. Details on the audit process will be released once the outside audit team is in place.

APD Presents Strategic Operations Plan to the Community

Friday, July 11th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Police Department’s development of a strategic operations plan for 2014-2017 reaches a new milestone as the department prepares to introduce its three-year plan to the community. The Strategic Operations Plan is a proactive tool intended to deliver guidance and structure for the department to continually improve its service to the citizens of Asheville.

The SOP development process began in 2013, with the recognition of the need for a roadmap for the department as it heads into the future. Since then, an ongoing input process that includes members of the public, stakeholders, the Citizens Police Advisory Committee, and police department employees, has provided the framework for a successful blueprint.

“Our plan not only serves as the foundation for how we will provide police services in the future, but also serves as the department’s vehicle for establishing a shared vision as a unified department,” said APD Chief William Anderson.

Anderson will present the Strategic Operations Plan to the public at a series of meetings, beginning with a July 17 meeting at the Public Works facility at 161 S. Charlotte St. The community is encouraged to attend to learn how public input was integrated into the plan and participate in the next steps for strengthening the partnership between the department and the community. The meeting will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

“We knew from the beginning that the public’s involvement would be crucial to creating a successful plan,” Anderson said. “We are looking forward to presenting this plan and continuing the dialog with the community.”

The APD Strategic Operations Plan, background on the development process and upcoming steps in its implementation can be found at ashevillenc.gov/projects.

APD Releases Results of Operation “Mountain Dawn”

Monday, August 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – After a four month investigation by the Drug Suppression Unit of the Asheville Police Department into illegal activity in our city, we are pleased to announce the following information.

In the early morning hours of August 8th, five arrest teams consisting of 40 officers of the Asheville Police Department and Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department searched for 32 individuals with outstanding felony warrants and Grand Jury indictments.

These individuals had been targets of illegal activity in our city.  Through a coordinated effort by members of the Department’s Drug Suppression Unit many of these individuals were connected to a variety of crimes to Robbery, Kidnapping and other habitual crimes.  Most were charged with selling illegal drugs through undercover operations.

We are pleased to announce 22 or the 32 have been arrested and removed from our streets.

Most of the arrests took place in various public housing communities in Asheville and is part of our on-going commitment in achieving the goal of the Asheville City Council to make Asheville one of the safest Cities in America.

We will continue to search for the 10 remaining individuals and we ask the public to assist us in locating these individuals.

Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at 252-1110 or Buncombe County Crime Stoppers at 255-5050.

Chief Anderson would like to personally like to thank all the officers involved in this operation to include members of APD and especially Sheriff Duncan and the members of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s office.

Free Motorcycle Safety Course

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Police Department, in partnership with BikeSafe NC, will give a free Rider Skills training session June 23 at the APD’s downtown location.

The training session addresses safety issues and rider skills that allow motorcyclists to better avoid accidents and enjoy the ride. APD motor officers will assess riders’ skill levels and give advice customized for all levels of expertise and any style of bike. The day will cover professional riding techniques, causes of collisions, hazard perception, first aid, gear selection and a system of motorcycle control.

“This is a great opportunity for motor officers to engage with recreational motorcyclists and talk safety, talk motorcycles, and then go out and ride together,” says Lt. Stony Gonce. “It is another way to build community partnerships and make our roadways safer.”

The BikeSafe Rider Skills Day is offered free to the public but registration is required.  Since this is the first year the Asheville Police Department has participated in BikeSafe Rider Skills Day, the department is currently assessing interest in the class and will schedule classes based on community interest.  Visit bikesafenc.com or email [email protected] with questions.

BikeSafe is a partnership between the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program and local law enforcement agencies.

APD Takes on SHP in Charity Football Game

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – At 2 p.m. on Oct. 9, employees of the Asheville Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol will face off at T.C. Roberson High School in their third annual flag football game to raise money for Eblen Charities.

Celebrity quarterbacks Brad Johnson and Heath Shuler will steer the teams, with Johnson leading APD and Shuler leading the Highway Patrol.

Tickets are $3. All proceeds will benefit Eblen, a community organization that helps thousands of families in Western North Carolina meet their medical and emergency assistance needs.

For more information about Eblen Charities, visit: http://www.eblencharities.org/.