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R. Scott Lunsford is a retired Asheville Police Sergeant with over 33 years of public service working as a Detective and then a supervisor in the youth services and sexual assault unit. He also served as a uniformed supervisor in the department’s School Resource Officers Unit, was a patrol forensic tech, patrol officer, and West District patrol supervisor.

Lunsford is State Certified as a Police Instructor and Field Training Officer. He teaches juvenile law in the Police Academy and Juvenile subcultures and issues through the local Community college. He is additionally certified as a Substitute School K-12 Teacher in the North Carolina Education System.

Lunsford has been recognized in the Congressional Record for his work with the Navy’s Youth Sea Cadet Program in Asheville, awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the Governor of North Carolina, and given a commission as a Kentucky Colonial by the Governor of Kentucky for his Law Enforcement work.

He served as a member of the police department’s Hostage Negotiation Team and a Critical Incident Response Team member—additionally, Ret. Sergeant Lunsford has testified in other jurisdictions and states on the information he has obtained and observed in his work.


Lunsford and his wife, retired Officer Robin Lunsford, have contributed photos and images that have been included and published in Henry Lee’s Crime Scene Handbook, a forensics textbook by Dr. Henry Lee and Dr. Marilyn Miller.

Unable to stay retired long, Lunsford works as a School Resource Officer to give back to the schools and community he grew up in. In addition, Lunsford has worked directly with young people, adults, and educators as a Law Enforcement Officer.


Lunsford has published articles and photographs in the Brotherhood of Martial Artist Magazine, The Urban News, and the News-Record newspapers.


 Writings include:

  • “Juvenile Subcultures and Issues” Non-Fiction work.

  • The Wizards Gift. A children’s picture storybook,  

  • “The Girls from G.I.F.T. (Girls Investigating Fantastic Things),” a juvenile mystery series;

  • Cop and Coin, an Asheville Police Mystery Series;

  • There’s Plenty of Good Air and Sunshine; Non-Fiction compiled narrative on individuals and families in the Asheville Community during the Great Depression, documented initially by Lynn Stevens, a W.P.A. writer.

Living near Asheville, North Carolina, he resides on a hilltop with his wonderful wife, Robin, a blind card shark cat, and his biggest fan and critic, Mickey the Chweenee

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