New Downtown Impact Officer Solana Craig is enjoying all aspects of his new assignment.
“Downtown Statesville is a great community,” said Craig. “I spend my days making contact with the citizens
and businesses, checking on security issues before folks get to work, assisting with traffic problems and trouble-
shooting all kinds of issues. Everyone has been very supportive of our efforts to make downtown a fun and safe
place to be.”
The 33-year old officer has been with the Statesville Police Department for almost 3 years. After
moving to Statesville from Pennsylvania, Craig was selected to participate in the SPD Police Recruit Program
which pays recruits while attending the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. After his graduation, he
worked as a patrol officer and a COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) officer before being named as
the Downtown Impact Officer position in September.
“I know people say this a lot, but I always wanted to be a police officer,” said Craig, “and I’m really
Committed to solving problems, Craig is meeting business owners and listening to what’s on their
minds. “And I love to just talk to citizens on the street and see what’s up,” he added. During the week, Craig
assists with the traffic at the downtown schools. “I know it’s frustrating for the parents and for the drivers trying
to get through town. I want to work with our traffic department and see if we can’t come up with some
The Downtown Impact Officer position was established in 2009 to provide additional police coverage in
the downtown area and Marin Tomlin, Downtown Statesville Development Corporation (DSDC) Executive
Director is delighted with the newest officer.
“We think Officer Craig is great,” said Tomlin. “He’s always smiling and always helpful. And we
appreciate his efforts in getting to know our downtown better and see how he can make a difference.”