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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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Ashland Police Remind Residents of Back to School Safety

The Ashland Police Department reminds residents that school begins Tuesday, September 8 and school buses and children will once again be travelling our streets and sidewalks. Ashland Police officers will be conducting proactive patrols of school zones and bus stops to insure the safety of students and motorists.

Motorists should keep these tips from the National Safety Council in mind when approaching school buses and school zones:

• School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.

• Virginia law requires traffic in both directions to stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus.

• The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus. 

• Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks. In a school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.

• Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. Do not stop with a portion of your vehicle over the crosswalk. Blocking the crosswalk forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.

• Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.

Children boarding and exiting school buses must be especially careful around the school bus “danger zone,” which is the 10 feet in front, behind, and on each side of the bus.

Posted school zone speed limits must be obeyed when signal lights are flashing. There are enhanced fines for speeding in school zones. APD officers will be conducting traffic enforcement the week prior to school to serve as a reminder for drivers to slow down in school zones.

For more information about back to school safety, please go to the National Safety Council’s website at here.


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.

Our next Coffee with a Cop will be Monday, August 31 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Hardee’s, 106 N Washington Highway.

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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Northbound Railroad Avenue between Lee Street and England Street will remain closed for work by Virginia Natural Gas and the Town of Ashland from Friday, August 21 through Friday, August 28.

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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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