Plan to ticket skaters and cyclists on-campus on hold

SAMMY KEYES-LEVINE, Channels Staff

City College failed to execute plans that would enable campus security to issue citations to skateboarders, which were supposed to be implemented this fall.

The plan included putting seven of City College’s permanent security officers through a course offered by the police department, which would give them the training and qualifications needed to issue citations.

The seven guards finished the necessary training over the summer, but there are still procedures that must be completed in order to give them the ability to write citations.

“We thought we had plenty of time to get it done,” said Joe Sullivan, the vice president of business services. “But it takes a long time to work through the systems.”

Erik Fricke, head of campus security, explained that when the officers do gain authorization, they would only look to cite minor infractions and not major crimes.

The citation would be issued the same as if they were off campus and go through the police and district attorney.

The next step of the plan is to go to the district attorney’s office, but administration has not yet formally approached the office because they just learned this would be necessary.

“I don’t have a time frame at this point,” Sullivan said. “I thought I had one before, but I was too optimistic.”

The citations wouldn’t just be directed at skateboarders. Campus security also wants to enforce the ban on cycling and smoking on campus more effectively.

The second portion of the plan has been successful, and included bringing police officers onto campus.

The officers will be stationed in the Administration Building from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for anyone who wants to talk to them.

They have the ability to issue citations, but would only give them out upon the college’s request. City College is no longer making that a priority of the officers, Sullivan said.

“We just want to be sure to everyone on campus that we understand exactly what all the implications are,” Sullivan said.

Many students on campus are already weary of the implications of the citations and the officers.

“I think it’s just a bad idea,” said Eric Luttrell, a fourth year kinesiology major. “As long as you’re not [skateboarding] in a sketchy situation, like during prime hours between classes, I think you’re fine.”

According to security, there have been fewer complaints regarding skateboarders compared to previous semesters. Fricke said that this could be because of the increased amount of signs on campus prohibiting skateboarding.

The college would prefer not to issue citations, but it’s not an issue that can be ignored, Sullivan said.

“It’s a difficult one, because we all like skateboarders, they’re nice guys,” he said. “It’s just an issue of, if you put skateboarders and pedestrians together, and the skateboarders are going fast, it doesn’t mix.”