What we do

The City of Asheville Police Department is dedicated to providing public safety, maintaining order, enforcing the laws of North Carolina, upholding the United States Constitution, and enhancing national security.

If you have a question that needs to be answered immediately or are unsure who to contact, you can call the Records Unit at (828) 259-5870 or Communications at (828) 252-1110.

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Asheville’s first police force was organized in 1849 and consisted of eight volunteers working under a captain. The Police Department was formally created by ordinance on November 1, 1875 and included a Chief of Police and four patrolmen. Today the department consists of 222 sworn members and 62 non-sworn employees offering full policing services to […]

Sign Up for AVL Alert

AVL Alert is an emergency and non-emergency notification system. This system enables the City of Asheville to provide you with the information that you want to receive via the communication methods that you choose. By enrolling in the system you are automatically subscribed to emergency alerts. During the registration process you will have the opportunity to […]

Protect your car

Tips for protecting your car or other motor vehicles from theft

Get valuables engraved

The APD's Operation ID helps you protect yourself from burglary and theft with engraving services.

Make a home inventory

In the case of a disaster, fire, or a burglary, having a home inventory is essential to insurance claims or property recovery efforts.

Police News

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Registration opens for APD’s Spring Citizens Police Academy

The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the Spring semester of the Citizens Police Academy (CPA). This free course teaches participants about the philosophies, policies and guiding principles of law enforcement and the ethical conduct governing police services in the community. It gives participants an opportunity to appreciate and better understand […]

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Asheville 2018 in review: New leadership, APD data releases, bond projects advance and more

  With 2018 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 topics that your City government advanced in 2018. We’ll have 2019 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1.   Debra Campbell becomes Asheville City Manager The search for […]