If you’re driving to Clark College, make sure you are taking good care of your vehicle. The Clark Security and Safety Department no longer provides motorist assist services to those who park on campus. This includes students and staff locked out of their cars or in need of battery jumps.
Mike See, director of Clark security and safety, said that the decision was financially based.
“That budget cut proposal wasn’t something I was happy about,” See said. “It’s not something that I ever wanted to do, but we had to make a budget cut.”
Those budget negotiations happened last year among Clark’s Board of Trustees and Executive Cabinet amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. According to See, the final proposal entailed that motorist assist services would shut down beginning on Jul 1, 2020.
“People haven’t felt this change because of the pandemic and because we were largely remote,” he said. “Now that people are coming back to campus, they’re experiencing [the effects of the policy changes].”
See didn’t shy away from the fact that motorist assist services were frequently needed in the past.
“We were doing just slightly over 350 of those services each calendar year in 2018 and 2019,” he said.
Over half of the officers that See works with now at Clark began in parking enforcement positions. See said he hopes that the Security and Safety Department can bring back motorist assist services in the future, but he can’t predict when that opportunity will come.
“Not only would these services allow me to better serve our students, which is always an interest for me, but it would allow me to bring back positions for people,” said See. “There’s a lot of good things that come from serving those positions and I would love to be able to reimplement them, unfortunately I just don’t have the budgetary room to do it.”
Although motorist assist services are currently shut down, the Security and Safety Department remains available in all other general areas of on-campus service. To contact dispatch, call (360) 992-2133.