Law Enforcement Casino Concerns

By: Meghan Dwyer Email
By: Meghan Dwyer Email

BELOIT (WIRF) -- One part of this story that isn't being talked about much is what the casino means for public safety.

When the Rivers Casino was built in Des Plaines nobody thought about how police and fire officials would be able to get a hold of each other inside the building, but it turns out the fortress like structure blocked radio signals. Fifty-thousand dollars later the problem has been fixed, but we wondered if the same thing could happen in Beloit.

Beloit's Chief of Police says the department's all for the casino and he doesn't see any big issues, except the stress that could be put on 911 operators. More officers will be hired to work nearby but police say it's no different than policing other big areas like a mall or a school.

Police say they are more worried about the health of the elderly clientele the casino will likely draw than the crime that could accompany it.

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