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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.

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Travel Alert for Wednesday, November 25 through

Sunday, November 29

Expect heavy traffic on Interstate 95 and Route 1 through Ashland for
 the Thanksgiving Holiday. You can keep up on current traffic
conditions by clicking for VDOT's website.


Ashland Police Department

Holiday Safety Tips


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.



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 here.

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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  and  to learn more about being prepared.

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Southbound South Center Street will be closed in one-block sections between Myrtle Street and Early Street during non-holiday weekdays over the few weeks.

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Contact Us

Douglas A Goodman, Jr
Chief of Police

601 England Street
Ashland, VA 23005

Ph: (804) 412-0600
Fx: (804) 798-8739
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