After serving in the Army for approximately eight years, following his military service, Detective Sheehan continued to serve his community as a Correctional Officer with the NC Department of Corrections. In July 2001, he was hired by the Asheville Police Department. He has served as a patrol officer, an officer with the downtown unit, and as an officer with the department's housing unit. In 2018 was reassigned to the Family Justice Center (FJC) working the front desk. The FJC houses offices from Helpmate, Our Voice, Department of Social Services and Mountain Child Advocacy Center. His main function was providing security for the visitors, workers and most importantly the survivors of rape, domestic violence and child abuse. **When a survivor came to the FJC to report an incident, he was their first encounter with Law Enforcement. ** He would take the occasional report and assist where necessary. He noticed that the position he was filling was being grossly underutilized and felt that he could better service the survivors through case work.
While working these cases he would assist the survivors through the process of obtaining warrants, criminal summons, and Domestic Violence Protection Orders. More importantly Detective Sheehan's kind and caring demeanor makes those he serves feel at ease during a very difficult time. Command Staff at the Asheville Police Department took notice of his hard work, and dedication to the survivors and in April 2021 he was promoted to the rank of Detective. He has continued to show the same dedication, and compassion to serve his community and survivors he encounters on a daily basis. Last year, he was assigned 1128 cases, has drawn 43 arrest warrants and documented his work across 3488 supplements.
In April 2021 Detective Sheehan received a letter of appreciation from Helpmate. In part the letter read: “I am writing to offer my sincere appreciation and commendation for Detective Doug Sheehan. Detective Sheehan is always willing to go the extra step needed to make survivors feel safe and heard. He has a quiet manner of leadership, setting a positive example for his colleagues and balancing professionalism with compassion and a genuine commitment to service. Helpmate regularly receives feedback from the survivors that we serve, through which we hear repeatedly that even people who experienced anxiety about connecting with law enforcement were put at ease and had a positive interaction with Detective Sheehan.”
Detective Sheehan has been with the Asheville Police Department for 21 years as of July. He wasorn in Newport News VA, moved to Charlotte when he was 3 and raised there. After college, he joined the army. He is married with three children.