Chief's Message

The Ashland Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency that provides police service and protection 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. During 2017, the agency responded to 6,282 calls for police service, investigated 118 traffic crashes and made 466 criminal arrests. The Ashland Police Department is comprised of 26 sworn officers, three full-time civilian staff members and is fortunate to enjoy the commitment of several citizen volunteers .

Chief 2017

The Ashland Police Department is led by Chief Douglas A. Goodman, Jr. Chief Goodman joined the agency in August of 2007 as a Captain and assisted the agency in the final steps in the accreditation process. On July 1, 2008 he was appointed to the Chief’s position. Prior to joining the Ashland Police Department, Chief Goodman served 14 years with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. He holds a bachelors degree from Virginia Tech and earned his Masters in Public Administration from VCU.

In March of 2008, the Ashland Police Department earned the designation of an internationally accredited law enforcement agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc (CALEA). Of the 24 agencies in the Commonwealth that have earned this prestigious award, the Ashland Police Department is the smallest!

In addition to responding to emergency and non-emergency calls, providing for traffic safety and investigating criminal activity, the agency also offers a number of services to the community:

  • Vacation/Property Checks: As call load allows, officers will check residents and businesses while the occupants are out of town or for other public safety reasons.

  • Car Seat Inspections: Officers will provide assistance and instruction to parents, grandparents or other caretakers to properly install child safety seats.

  • Security Surveys: The agency has a Crime Prevention Specialist who will conduct a site visit of a residential or business property and offer suggestions on enhancing the security of the area based on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles.

  • Project Lifesaver: Through a partnership with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, officers will meet with families coping with Alzheimer’s, Autism and other conditions to equip their loved one with a transmitter that will enable officers to locate their family member in an expeditious fashion should they wander away from home.

  • Crime Prevention and Public Education: The agency will provide officers to speak at community group meetings, church groups and civic groups to provide public education on a variety of crime prevention and traffic safety topics.