Asheville Police Department

  • Agency: Asheville Police Department
  • Address: 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, 28802 NC
  • Chief: William Anderson (Chief of Police)

Asheville Police Department is located at 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, 28802 NC. The Chief of Police of the department is William Anderson. The Asheville Police Department phone number is 828-259-5813.

Asheville Police Department News

Thanks Aaron Adelson Wlos for the piece highlighting our new Naloxone program. Our goal for this program is to be able to provide assistance to someone suffering an overdose until Asheville Fire Department or Buncombe County EMS arrives.

Looking to begin your career in law enforcement? Then you're in luck! We are hiring for the position of Police Officer Trainee. Testing for the position will be held on March 24. The written test will be held at APD headquarters (100 Court Plaza, Asheville) at 9:00 a.m. and the physical ability test will be held at the Woodfin Training Center (24 Canoe Lane, Woodfin) at 2:00. Check out the video below for exactly what the physical ability test entails! Have additional questions? Contact the Recruitment & Career Development Division at 828-273-2144 or email

Did you know it is #LoveYourPet day? 🐶 We have several four legged friends at the department (the kind that say "woof")). They work hard every day, alongside our officers, to make sure our community is safe. And seriously, do we need one day to love our pets, isn't everyday "love your pet" day?

Cadet Blog Week 3 is live for your reading pleasure! "Week three of BLET was on Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Communication Skills for law enforcement officers. We also started our BLET physical training, which I am excited about. Criminal Law was a lot of information with a very knowledgeable instructor, which made it easier to absorb. Juvenile law was an eight-hour block. I knew going in that this section had a lot of moving pieces to absorb. When we conducted hypothetical scenarios at the end of the block it became clear that we felt competent with the information that was taught. Physical training is great! We start at 0630 every morning which is great because it helps our brains get started for the class that the day holds. The PT instructors push us to reach our full potential and love what they do, which is a great thing to see. Overall, I am extremely impressed with the performance and dedication from my classmates."

Please joining us in congratulating the following APD employees for going above and beyond in the month of January: - Officer of the Month: Sgt. Charles Wells. He spearheaded the investigation into several homicides, which were all closed out by arrest. Advanced Certificate for Traffic Enforcement/Investigation - Officer Rayleon Ward - Outstanding Performance Award - Kelly Sams

APD officers participate in the Read 2 Succeed program. This thank you note and valentine's goodies showed up yesterday thanking us for our program in Pisgah View. We love our community!

The Asheville Police Department strives to serve the citizens of our city in a professional and respectful manner and are committed to ending domestic violence in our community. We believe in holding perpetrators accountable and empowering survivors. Yesterday a post was made to our department page that inappropriately called attention to the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence. We recognize that this type of humor is unacceptable as it can validate an abuser and make the healing process for a survivor more difficult. For those who saw our post yesterday we sincerely apologize for any offense.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City of Asheville Asheville Police Department Asheville Police Requesting Public Assistance to Locate Missing Person, Candice James Asheville, NC - (February 14, 2018): The Asheville Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a missing person. Candice James was last seen at Trader Joes in N. Asheville approx. 2 weeks ago. Local family members last had phone contact with James on February 10th. Candice James is described as a 31 year old female, approximately 5'7" tall, 120 lbs., with blonde hair. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Candice James, they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050.

APD Recognizes the Anniversary of 911 Technology Asheville, NC – February 13th, 2018 – The Asheville Police Department today recognizes and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first 911 call. On February 16, 1968, Alabama Speaker of the House, Mr. Rankin Fite, made the first 911 call from the Haleyville City Hall. From that small beginning, 911 technology has become more sophisticated in response to consumer expectations. Each advancement has improved our nation’s ability to get better, more reliable information to first responders so they can do their job of saving lives and property. In 2017, the Asheville Police Departments Communications Division received over 36,000 911 calls from the Emergency Operations Center; in addition to the over 163,000 calls it receives annually. Deputy Chief Wade Wood stated that this enhanced technology has saved numerous lives throughout the years since its inception. He went on to state that through continued advancements, (i.e. text 911, and e911), the system continues to strive to ensure quick, reliable service to individuals in need. For more information on this technology, contact APD Communications Director Cathy Trimnal at 259-5874 or 252-1110.

Rock slide on Emma Rd. just occurred. Emma will be closed between Craven and Bingham for the next few hours as crews attempt to clear roadway.

HAPPY MARDI GRAS! If you're planning on "partying like you're on Bourbon Street" tonight. Let us remind you of a few things: 1) Open containers are not allowed in Asheville. 2) Please use a sober driver - Uber/Lyft, taxi, transit or friend. #enjoyresponsibly

#CADETBLOG: Week 2. "Week two of BLET was spent learning about Physical Training and the importance of it for this profession. We had classroom lecture detailing vital information regarding different aspects of physical training such as proper forms and techniques, as well as healthy eating habits. We completed our first Cooper physical fitness assessment. This involved participating in a vertical jump, bench press, sit-ups, push-ups, 300-meter sprint, and a 1.5-mile run. It was raining, but we didn’t let that stop us and we all pushed ourselves. There was friendly competition within the group which made the overall experience more enjoyable and interesting. We completed our first Police Officer Physical Abilities Test (POPAT).This was the first of three that we will complete throughout BLET. We all had the opportunity to practice this test prior to starting the academy which made it less intimidating because we knew exactly what to expect. One of the best things about this class is the relationships we have all developed in such a short time. We are constantly helping and supporting each other, planning study sessions, and exercising together. Having twenty other people who are going through the same experience you are, makes everything easier and less stressful. As a group, we are determined to be the best, and we will take every opportunity to enhance and improve our level of knowledge and competence."

Enjoy your #mondaymotivation! 😒

UPDATE: Sylvia Kennedy has been safely located. The Asheville Police Department is requesting assistance to locate missing person, Sylvia Kennedy. Family Preservation Services last spoke with Kennedy on January 16. She was reported missing yesterday, February 6. Sylvia Kennedy is described as a Native American female, approximately 5'6" tall, 200 lbs., with dark hair and dark eyes. Kennedy suffers from mental health conditions and is currently without her prescribed medications. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Sylvia Kennedy they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050.

On February 1 at approximately 9:10 p.m. two suspects attempted to rob an Asheville Mall employee with a firearm. The suspects are described as black males wearing dark colored clothing. The employee was leaving the mall and walking to his vehicle that was parked in front of the entrance adjacent to Barnes & Noble. One of the males confronted the employee and displayed a handgun while demanding money. The employee was struck over the head with the firearm. Both subjects fled the scene in the direction of the intersection of S. Tunnel and Tunnel Rd. The victim was transported to Mission Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Investigators are encouraging anyone who witnessed this incident or has additional information to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050.

The Asheville Citizen Times spoke with Asheville High School Resource Officer Craig Loveland. More than often he isn't dealing with students that are impaired, but rather students coming from a home where a parent(s) or other family member is suffering from an addiction. "Some kids come home, and there's nothing there. There's no food in the cabinet, they don't have coats, or comes home to a parent that doesn't truly care for them the way they should."

Transporter seats are being installed in many of our patrol vehicles. These seats assist in further ensuring officer’s safety by decreasing areas where contraband can be hidden and by placing seat belt buckles near the door so officers don’t have to reach across a suspect to unbuckle their belt.

IT'S BACK...the CADET BLOG is back! Last week 21 new cadets started Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) to become APD officers. We'll be documenting their journey one week at a time! So tune in every Monday evening for a new look into their experience. Without further ado.... "Week one of BLET has officially started. We covered Ethics and Constitutional Criminal Procedure (arrest, search and seizure). These topics are dense and complex. However, the notion that we are building the foundations of knowledge we need to fulfill our duty and uphold the law, kept us engaged every second! When looking at our class, it is obvious that we are excited and nervous. We are mindful of the task ahead and the sacrifices that we face. However, we are an ambitious group and ready for the challenge. Through the guidance of our instructors, we have already gained confidence in each other and ourselves to perform our duties with integrity, professionalism, respect, and fairness. I am blessed to have an opportunity to start my career with the APD and to answer a calling to serve and protect my community. There is no doubt in my mind that my classmates feel the same way. I look forward to building relationships and a sense of trust with the community, and all of my fellow officers. I am honored to serve the citizens of Asheville and I am proud to be a part of APD."

HELP US, HELP YOU! Nobody wants to have their car can really make for a bad day. So here are some helpful tips to make yourself less susceptible to this type of crime: 1. DO NOT leave your car unlocked. For real, LOCK YOUR DOORS! 2. DO NOT leave your car running unoccupied. We know it's cold in the mornings, but bundle up, grab a hot beverage and sit in your vehicle while it's defrosting. 3. DO NOT leave valuable items in plain sight. Either remove items such as purses and electronic devices from the vehicle or put them in the trunk. 4. Did we mention to LOCK YOUR DOORS?

Today we bid farewell and good luck to Janet Lampkin, Administrative Assistant for the Office of the Chief and all-around "jack-of-all-trades", as she begins her new position as a retiree! We wish you lots of sunny days on the beach and afternoon walks with the pups!

Yesterday evening at approximately 8:24 p.m. the Asheville Police Department responded to the Bojangles at 241 Long Shoals Road. Upon arrival officers located a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. The victim was transported to Mission with non-life threatening injuries. Prior to being released from Mission the victim was identified as Windell Lamont Morgan (4/3/1997). Morgan had open fugitive warrants in Chattanooga, TN for the following: - Domestic Assault - Vandalism/Malicious Mischief - Drugs General Category for Resale - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - 2 counts of Evading Arrest - Failure to Appear Morgan attempted to flee the ER but was quickly apprehended by officers. He is currently being held at the Buncombe County Detention Center on a $20,000 fugitive warrant awaiting extradition to Tennessee. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110 or Crime Stopper at (828) 255-5050.

Looking to begin your career in law enforcement? Then you're in luck! We are hiring for the position of Police Officer Trainee. Testing for the position will be held on February 23rd. The written test will be held at APD headquarters (100 Court Plaza, Asheville) at 9:00 a.m. and the physical test will be held at the Woodfin Training Center (24 Canoe Lane, Woodfin) at 2:00. Have additional questions? Contact the Recruitment & Career Development Division at 828-273-2144 or email

So last night social media wasn't abuzz about the #StateoftheUnion, but rather a heated debate about whether straws have one hole or two. We have to side with the donut hole theory that a straw has one continuous hole. Share your thoughts with us! #copsalwayssidewithdonuts

As you rush to the grocery store to grab the bread and milk due to the flurries...please remember to drive carefully. Just a quick refresher: 1) The number on the black and white signs labeled "speed limit" indicate the maximum speed you should be driving in that area. 2) On traffic signals: - green = go - yellow = exercise caution, light will turn red soon - red = stop

Thanks UNC Asheville UNC Asheville Bulldog Athletics for inviting APD and our families to partake in some court side seats for the men and women's basketball games on Saturday! We always enjoy getting out and cheering on the home team!