The Asheville Police Department (APD) says they have lost 84 officers since January 1, 2020. As a result of the staffing crisis, several changes in officer response will go into effect immediately in order to improve response times for emergency calls made to 9-1-1.
APD officers will no longer respond to the following types of crimes:
- Theft under $1,000 where there is no suspect information (this does not include stolen vehicles or guns)
- Theft from a vehicle where there is no suspect information
- Minimal damage and/or graffiti to property where there is no suspect information
- Non-life threatening harassing phone calls (does not include incidents that are related to domestic violence and/or stalking)
- Fraud, scams, or identity theft
- Simple assaults that are reported after they have occurred
- Reports that do not require immediate police actions and/or enforcement (information only reports)
- Funeral escorts
- Lost/found property
- Trespassing where the property owner does not want to press charges
Noise complaints made during normal business hours and after-hours may have a significant delay in response.
Skyline has several questions regarding this decision by APD Chief Zack. We will have guests and your questions about what will happen to the tax payers, the morale of the police officers, and the crime rate of the city of Asheville tonight on Skyline With Chad Nesbitt.