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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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 PD Advises Residents of Suspicious Activity

APD is advising residents of two reports of suspicious activity that occurred yesterday and today. While no criminal offenses occurred and no threating behavior is indicated, residents should be aware and alert out of an abundance of caution.

On Friday, September 23 during the morning hours, an adult male approached two juvenile females at a school bus stop and engaged them in conversation. While it was reported that the male did not say or do anything inappropriate, the male was not known to the juveniles and appeared suspicious. The subject is described as a white male having gray hair, a gray beard and glasses, wearing a Carolina blue colored t-shirt, khaki shorts, tennis shoes and white socks. 

On Saturday afternoon, September 24 an unknown subject of similar description approached a female and asked if she wanted to go to Kings Dominion. That subject is additionally described as a white male in his 60s, with a gray beard wearing shorts and flip flops driving a red four door car, possibly a Hyundai model.

Both of these incidents occurred in the Center Street and Maple Street corridors.
Again, while no criminal or threatening activity has occurred, residents are encouraged to be alert for suspicious behavior and report it immediately by calling 911. Anyone with information regarding these two incidents should contact APD at 365-6140.



Hurricane Season is Heating Up
Be aware and be prepared should our area come under threat from tropical storms. Basic preparedness tips include...

·         Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.

·         Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate

·         If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.

·         Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. APD and the Town of Ashland routinely communicate updates on conditions in and around Town throught our Twitter and Facebook feeds as well as Nixle alerts. Links to each of these services are available on the top right hand side of this page.

For more information on preparing and what to do when hurricane watches and warnings are issued go to www.ready.gov.


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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