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Police Supervisor Investigated

19 April 2004

MIDDLETOWN, Connectict -- The state's public safety commissioner is looking into allegations that a state police major has been playing the slot machines at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in violation of his own orders.

Maj. Frank Griffin, who oversees the state police casino unit, was one of two supervisors who signed a special order advising members of the casino unit that they are "prohibited from gambling at any Connecticut casino at any time."

Lawyers who represent state troopers in the unit who are contesting claims of unfair treatment by the department told The Hartford Courant that Griffin is a regular at Foxwoods, where he often plays the slot machines.

Other troopers told the newspaper that it is widely known that Griffin gambles at Foxwoods.

Public Safety Commissioner Arthur Spada began an inquiry Thursday to "review the facts and circumstances that have been brought to his attention," Trooper Roger Beaupre, a state police spokesman, said.

Griffin commands the casino unit, the statewide narcotics task force and the statewide organized crime unit.

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