A quirky North Carolina city is going to have to call someone else for non-emergency calls, because the Asheville Police aren’t coming.
Asheville, a left-leaning progressive bastion town on the outskirts of the state’s traditionally conservative high country, is facing an officer shortage, which has been dubbed a “staffing crisis.”
“The Asheville Police Department (APD) has lost 84 officers since January 1, 2020,” the agency posted to Facebook. “As a result of the staffing crisis, several changes in officer response will go into effect immediately in order to improve response times for emergency calls made to 9-1-1.”
According to Fox News, APD officers will no longer respond in-person to 911 calls involving incidents where suspect information is not available; harassing phone calls that don’t include threats to life, identity theft, trespassing reports that don’t involve pressing charges, and others.
From the start of 2020, 84 of the 238 sworn officers available in 2019 have left the agency.
Asheville was the site of several activist protests in 2020.
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