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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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APD Investigates Report of Bear in Ashland 


This morning Ashland Police Officers responded for a report of a bear wandering through a residential area in Ashland. While investigating officers have not located a bear, several reports indicate the bear may be in the area between Route 1/South Washington Highway and Maple Street.

APD officers are continuing efforts to locate the bear and have been in contact with Hanover County Animal Control.

Should anyone observe a bear remember to keep a respectful distance and give the animal plenty of space; bears generally move on quickly. In addition, call APD and let us know the location of the bear and direction of travel so officers can insure the safety of residents.

We also recommend that our citizens stay inside their residences tonight and bring any domestic pets inside as well. This is a common occurrence and we ask our community to contact local police if anyone encounters this bear.

For more information on bears in Virginia and how to keep safe when they’re nearby please click 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.

    


      JOIN US FOR "COFFEE WITH A COP"

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.

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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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E Francis Street between S Center Street and Maple Street will be closed for milling and paving on Tuesday and Wednesday during the day. The road will be open during the evening and overnight hours.

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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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