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AC security guards get more power

15 July 2009

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by The Press of Atlantic City: "Casino security guards now have the power to detain suspected underage gamblers and drinkers without having to wait for the police to show up first.

"The New Jersey Casino Control Commission voted today to expand the guards' authority to help combat a continuing problem with underage gambling and drinking at the 11 casino hotels.

"The latest available statistics show that a total of 230 underage people were either arrested or detained between Jan. 1 and July 15, 2008, compared to about 360 in 2007.

"Previously, security guards were allowed to eject suspected underage gamblers or drinkers from the casino. But now they may detain them until local police arrive to make an arrest..."

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