APD Meets Staffing Crisis Head-on

The Asheville Police Department (APD) has lost 84 officers since Jan. 1. 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.

Victims of these crimes can use the police to citizen online reporting tool to file a police report. Individuals who do not have access to online reporting can call 828- 252-1110 to have an officer respond when they are available. This may result in a significant delay in response.

Download App to Report CrimeTIP2APD, a mobile application and texting tool implemented by the Asheville Police Department allows the public to share anonymous tips with police, and lets officers respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation.

Since the rollout of the tool in December, more than 700 people have downloaded the app and provided helpful tips related to incidents that include abuse, violent crime, narcotics activity, assistance identifying armed robbery suspects and more.

If residents would like to remain anonymous while submitting non-emergency crime information, they can download the new TIP2APD phone app by searching “Asheville PD” in the app store. The app is available to both iPhone and Android users.

Individuals also can submit an anonymous tip through a text message.

To send a text, type in the phone number 847411 and in the message body, type tip2apd followed by the tip.

The TIP2APD tool is only for non-emergencies and is not a replacement for 9-1-1. In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Coffee With Hendersonville Mayor Planned for June 14Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk welcomes residents and their questions during the second monthly Coffee With the Mayor on Monday, June 14.

The event will take place at The Center for Art and Entertainment at 125 S Main St. Door will open at 9 a.m.; the program will get underway from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

This month’s special guest will feature Hendersonville Chief of Police Blair Myhand. Both Chief Myhand and Mayor Volk will take questions on a variety of civic topics; please be prepared if participating with an inquiry.

The event is free, however a reservation is required. Leave a message at 828-697-8547, or email info@thecenterae.org to reserve a seat.

A complimentary coffee bar will be available.

Black Mountain Library to Host Book Sale, June 19The Friends of the Library book sale will get underway under the big tent in the parking lot at the Black Mountain Public Library, 105 N. Dougherty St. The sale will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

The library will be closed on June 19 for the Juneteeth holiday.

The Friends group has been collecting and sorting books all year to prepare for the sale. There will be thousands of books and audiobooks available for purchase.

All proceeds from the sale support the Black Mountain Public Library.

Asheville Firefighters Honored for Mental Health Program

The Asheville Fire Department received the Community Service Award for 2021 from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. (ICISF) at the World Congress 16 conference, May 25-27.

The WNC Peer Support Network nominated AFD based on its proactive approach to resilience and mental health wellness for firefighters.

Over the past 10 years, AFD has developed a multi-component model with many initiatives led by city firefighters to include, but not limited to, resilient mind training, stress first aid, peer support program, chaplain program, embedded behavioral health clinicians, and more.

“The Asheville Fire Department is committed to providing as many resources to our firefighters as possible pertaining to critical incident stress management,” said Fire Chief Scott Burnette. “ I am very proud that the support provided to our firefighters has been initiated and led by our very own firefighters.”

The ICISF is committed to providing high-quality, actionable training for organizations with an interest in crisis management and supporting individuals and groups recovering from incidents. Training is based on the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) model, which enables peers to help peers and empower them to continue performing their job.

Workshop Explores LLCs, S Corp and MoreAsheville SCORE will present “Choosing Your Business Structure,” live online from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 16.

The seminar will compare the tax advantages, costs and liability protection of different types business entities such as S Corp, C Corp, sole proprietorships and LLCs.

The structure you choose for your business influences everything from day-to-day operations to taxes to how much of your personal assets are at risk. This workshop will review the four main business entity choices and help you choose the one right for your business today, and in the future.

They are: sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC) and corporation (C or S). They will discuss the advantages and disadvantages to each for entrepreneurs, addressing such topics as simplicity, cost, liability protection and tax advantages.

Course instructor Don Nalley loves to slice and dice numbers to help his clients reach their financial goals. An Asheville native, Nalley has a masters of accountancy degree from the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida, along with 10-plus years of experience as an accountant and auditor.

The webinar is presented by Asheville SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business. SCORE is part of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation’s small businesses.

Asheville City Council Meetings Return to In-person Format The Asheville City Council will transition back to meeting in person. The decision is a result of Gov. Roy Cooper’s easing of statewide face mask and social distancing restrictions and extending capacity on gatherings per Executive Order 209.

The City called to order its first City Council meeting on June 8 at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center, with plans to hold the June 22 and July 27 meetings at the same location. Meetings will be held at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center — Asheville Banquet Hall, 87 Haywood St.

Anyone wishing to speak live at the meeting will be required to attend in person.

To accommodate those who do not yet feel secure attending in person, or those who are precluded from attending because of schedules or other personal factors, City Council will continue to engage with those members by remote comments via email (AshevilleCityCouncilJune82021@publicinput.com) or voicemail (855-925-2801, meeting code 7730).

The meeting will be streamed on the City’s YouTube Channel, which can be accessed through the YouTube icon on the front page of the City’s website or through the City’s Virtual Engagement Hub also accessible through the front page of the City website.

The meeting also may be heard via phone (855-925-2801, meeting code 7730). Finally, the public can communicate with the Council by emailing them directly at any time – ashevillecouncil@ashevillenc.gov.

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