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Asheville Police Department Offers Informational Session

Monday, April 4th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville police are requesting amendments to an ordinance requiring pawnbrokers and second-hand dealers to electronically submit daily pawn and/or purchase transactions of second-hand goods to APD, and are offering a public information session about the process.

The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. April 7 in room A109 of the Public Works building, 161 S. Charlotte St., in downtown Asheville.

Police presented the proposed amendments to City Council on March 8 and the matter was continued to April 26 to accommodate the council members’ requested revisions.

State law requires pawnshops, secondary metal recyclers, and precious metal dealers to provide law enforcement with paper records of pawn and/or purchase transactions. The proposed amendments would require these businesses to report such transactions electronically, which will assist law enforcement and these businesses with a more user-friendly and efficient means of reporting.

The proposed amendments would also require other second-hand dealers — such as consignment shops, antique dealers, eBay stores, cash converter stores, used record/video game stores, used sporting goods stores, and used musical equipment stores — to report their purchases of secondhand goods to law enforcement electronically, thereby impeding the sale of stolen goods.

The revised ordinance will be posted on the city’s website, www.ashevillenc.gov, for public review by 5 p.m. on April 5.

Copies of the ordinance will also be made available for review at the public meeting on April 7.

Open House Set for the Joint Asheville Downtown Association Office

Monday, November 8th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Downtown Association and the Asheville Police Department will host a joint open house to raise awareness of both their presences in the Central Business District and the services they provide to the community. The open house will be 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 29 Haywood St.

Members of the community are encouraged to drop in for light refreshments and a tour of both facilities.

Come meet the officers who patrol the downtown area and learn more about how you can access their services. Asheville Downtown Association Executive Director Joe Minicozzi and fellow board members will also be on hand to answer questions about the programs they provide. This event aims to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our shared goal for a safer community.

For more information, contact Joanna Figart at 828-251-9973 or Marsha Stickford at 259-5506 or [email protected]

For more information about APD community districts and beats visits: http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/police/default.aspx?id=3444.

Asheville Police Department Taking Applicants for Citizen’s Academy

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the spring semester of its Citizens Police Academy.

This free program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the APD’s service to the community. The class is designed to give residents an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement, as well as an up-close opportunity to offer insights, ideas and solutions.

Classes begin March 9 at 6 p.m. at the police department.

The academy lasts for 12 consecutive weeks, with three-hour classes on Tuesdays. The final day of the class is a graduation ceremony.

The course consists of basic classroom instruction, presentations, and demonstrations on topics such as criminal investigations, constitutional and criminal law, use of force, departmental structure and defensive tactics.

Participants will also be able to ride with police officers on patrol.,/p>

Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted. For more information on the academy, contact Officer Allen Dunlap at 259-5834 or e-mail him at [email protected]