Police Department

Welcome to the Ashland Police Department

The Ashland Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency that provides 24-hour service to its citizens. The Ashland Police Department works in partnership with the Hanover County Sheriff's Office  
to provide quality police services to its residents and businesses. 


Click here for an introduction to our agency by Chief Goodman.
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Coffee with a Cop


Ashland Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop on December 6 
Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues

On Tuesday, December 6, officers from APD and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event is 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at The Caboose, 108 South Railroad Avenue. 
Please contact Officer Chip Watts with questions: (804) 412-0615 or cwatts@ashlandpolice.us. 
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Ashland’s neighborhoods.

Happy Holidays
As the Holiday Season approaches the Ashland Police Department would like to remind residents of these Holiday Safety Tips provided by the National Crime Prevention Council:
Shopping in Stores…

Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
• Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in. 

• Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites. 

• Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information. 

• Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit. 

Walking to and From Your Car…


• Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket. 

• Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in. 

• Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home. 

Shopping with Small Children…

• If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other. 

• Select a central meeting place. 

• Teach them to know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help. 

Shopping Online…


• Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed. 

• Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner. 

• Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! 

• Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address. 

• Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company. 

Residents that have questions about phone and internet offers or solicitations or any general safety concerns can call 537-6140 for non-emergency assistance or 911 for emergencies. 

 The Ashland Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of the reaccreditation process to maintain our accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

An assessment team representing CALEA will arrive in Ashland on December 4, 2016 to begin a four-day intensive inspection of every facet of the Police Department.

Verification by the team that the Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process the Police Department initially underwent in September, 2007.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees, citizens and members of the business community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, December 5, 2016 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at Ashland Town Hall, 101 Thompson Street.

For those who cannot attend the public information session, the assessors will field comments by phone from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016. The team can be reached at (804)-412-0609 during this time.

To ensure that all interested parties are able to comment, all telephone comments and appearances should be limited to 10 minutes and must be limited to the Police Department’s ability to comply with these professional standards. A copy of these standards is available at the Police Department.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Police Department in this respect may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.

If reaccredited, the Ashland Police Department will continue to be the smallest police department in the state to maintain that status. For more information on international accreditation, please visit www.calea.org. 
If you have questions, or need further information, please do not hesitate to call on Mrs. Cheryl Bookwalter at 412-0602. 

Prescription Drug Disposal

Looking for a way to dispose of old and unneeded prescription medications safely? Bremo Pharmacy in Richmond is an approved medication take-back site. For more information click here for Bremo's website or call (804) 288-8361.





Effective Tuesday, October 4, the speed limit zones on Thompson Street will be changed. Most notably, the 25 MPH speed limit zone at the eastern end of Thompson Street, which currently lies between James Street and the railroad tracks, will be expanded westward to John Street. The 35- and 45 MPH speed limit zones will also be altered to accommodate this change and allow for a smooth decrease in speed when entering the town from the west.

Please be alert to these new changes when traveling through the area!




Ashland Lodging Ordinance Revision

Frequently Asked Questions 
The much discussed changes to the Town's Lodging Ordinance go into effect on July 1, 2016. You can find the answers to these frequently asked questions about the Ordinance changes here..

Preventing Identity Theft


If your wallet, purse or personal identity information has been stolen or lost consider the following steps to protect yourself:


  • Identify what was in your wallet. Consider all cards and information, not just credit cards and driver´s license. Was your Social Security card or number in your wallet?
  • Place a fraud alert with each credit reporting agency if your social security number or credit/debit cards are involved:

  •                Experian                         Equifax                       TransUnion
  • Monitor your credit report and review it for unauthorized account openings or any fraudulent address information. Contact any unrecognized creditors for any unauthorized accounts immediately.
  • Contact all credit issuers to request replacement cards with new account numbers.
  • Monitor bills for any fraudulent activity on any accounts.
  • If you have lost a check cashing card, checkbook, savings account information or debit (ATM) cards, close the account and open a new account with a new number.
  • Password protect all compromised accounts so that additional names and addresses cannot be added without authorization.
  • Keep a log of all correspondence and conversations. Keep copies of correspondence.
  • If your driver’s license was stolen, go to Virginia DMV for information on replacing it.
  • If you think you have become a victim of identity theft go to the Virginia Attorney General's Website for resources from the Virginia Attorney General’s Office on how to prevent further damage.
  • If you have lost a supermarket club card, cancel the card and request a new one.
  • For all other lost/missing information, including library or video rental cards or any other cards with membership or insurance coverage information, contact the issuing company, notify them of the loss and request a new card.

Our "Coffee with a Cop" program provides an opportunity for the Ashland Police Department and community members to come together to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique forum for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Ashland’s neighborhoods.

APD plans to host Coffee with a Cop meetings regularly to build partnerships in our community. For more information click

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The Ashland Police Department wants to remind our community that disasters can strike at any time and anyplace. We want our community to prepare themselves and their family so that they will be ready should a disaster strike. Below are three steps that everyone should take to prepare for an emergency.

We want you to learn more about these steps so please take the time to visit www.ReadyVirginia.gov and www.Ready.gov to learn more about being prepared.

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