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Bill Seeks Police Force for Casinos

19 March 2003

INDIANA – As reported by the Indy Star: ``Cheating dealers and drunken gamblers are things that every casino needs to watch for. But who should police Indiana's 10 riverboat casinos is the subject of debate.

``A state lawmaker has proposed replacing the Indiana State Police troopers who now patrol the boats with gaming officers specially trained to spot casino crimes, and auditors to keep track of money on the boats.

``But police officials and a gaming analyst question the need for the separate force, saying the troopers already are trained by Las Vegas experts to patrol casinos.

```It's working now, why consolidate it?' said I. Nelson Rose, a law professor at Whittier (Calif.) College who studies gambling.

``The shift is needed, says the author of House Bill 1231, because the training that officers receive is inadequate given the high-stakes nature of the industry. Indiana's 10 riverboat casinos generated $2 billion in revenue in 2002…"

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