Crime Prevention


Ashland Police Department Hosts Coffee with a Cop

New program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues

Officers from the Ashland Police Department and community members will be able to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

APD plans to host Coffee with a Cop meetings regularly to build partnerships in our community. Keep a lookout for more events coming soon.

Please contact Officer Chip Watts with questions: (804) 412-0615 or for more information.

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.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief Douglas Goodman. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Home Safety & Security

Ever wonder what goes through the mind of a burglar? What are they looking for when they break into a home or how they pick their targets?

In the linked article below, 86 burglars were asked how they broke into homes, what they said were the biggest deterrents, what didn’t stop them and how you can protect your home.

Click here to see what these burglars had to say.

Click here for a video describing more tips on how to secure your home.

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Crime Prevention Programs

The Ashland Police Department has several active Crime Prevention programs. These programs include the following: