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Concern about availability of State Police availability at gambling sites raised

Posted by Your Town  September 19, 2013 01:12 PM

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Massachusetts Gaming Commission officials expressed concern Thursday about the availability of State Police to staff a slot machine venue and resort casinos as they open.

During a meeting in Boston, the commission’s director of investigations Karen Wells told commissioners she was in discussions about securing space in a State Police class that is scheduled to start in November.

Wells said the commission would need about eight State Police members to staff a slots parlor and the commission will eventually need more State Police at resort casinos targeted for three regions of the state.

Wells said she hoped the Legislature would appropriate funding for another State Police class, but mentioned running “a class of our own” if Beacon Hill does not fund another class.

The commission agreed the issue needs further exploration soon, given the possibility that a slots facility might wind up being ready to open before the commission has ensured that enough State Police are available to be stationed at the facility.

“That is one possible outcome from this conversation,” said Gaming Commission Executive Director Steven Crosby. “That would be a big no-no.”

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