In 2013, the Solon Police Department helped to organize a group of Citizens Academy Alumni in order to form the Community Impact Advisory Board (CIAB). The CIAB is a voluntary organization that is self-sufficient and operates according to its own bylaws. Only graduates of the Citizens Academy are eligible to be elected to the board.
The CIAB can act as a buffer between the police and community. Sometimes things people observe lie in a “gray area” and people aren’t sure what to do with information. If citizens have questions about general police activity, or want to report ongoing suspicious behavior or quality of life issues, questions or tips can be referred anonymously to the CIAB. Email the CIAB, this email account will be monitored by CIAB members, so that you will not be talking to law enforcement directly. The email address is not for emergencies. The public may also leave a phone message for the CIAB at (440)337-1444. Please remember to leave a preferred call back time.
The goal of the organization is to help maintain a positive relationship between the Solon Police Department and Solon’s residential and business communities. This includes helping the police department with projects, helping to organize volunteers for police related events, and maintaining a relationship between other SPD Citizens Academy Alumni and the Solon Police Department. The CIAB meets with the Community Services Lieutenant every other month to discuss relevant police-community issues and other topics related to the above mentioned goals. The CIAB is not a review board of police activity.