Because of the dangerous shortage of
MO State Highway Patrol Officers monitoring casinos & the public. . .

THE MO GAMING COMMISSION, GOVERNOR & LEGISLATURE
MUST IMMEDIATELY ENACT A MORATORIUM
ON ALL GAMBLING EXPANSION
FOR THE HEALTH, WELFARE AND SAFETY
OF THE CITIZENS THEY SERVE


Following are excerpts from The MO Gaming Commission's
Executive Director’s Message



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Kevin Mullally, Executive Director
MO Gaming Commission
Annual Report Fiscal Year 2002

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Message from the Executive Director

...the shortage of officers available to the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the increased need for homeland security has resulted in severe cutbacks in the officers available to assign to the regulation of gaming.

...the recent increase in demand for law enforcement personnel has resulted in an alarming number of patrol officers, leaving for higher paying jobs with other departments. In addition, the nationwide demand for qualified law enforcement personnel has caused the number of people entering new recruiting classes to fall off sharply. The combined effect of these factors has left the Commission field enforcement staff at dangerously low levels.

...agents almost entirely in a reactive mode, only able to respond to emergencies or attend to the highest priority issues

... agents are unable to take proactive measures to discover or prevent unlawful activity

...we have seen a noticeable decline in the number of arrests, which we believe is directly correlated to the shortage of agents.
We look forward to working with the General Assembly to solve these problems so that we can once again provide a proactive presence at Missouri casinos intent on protecting the public, securing public assets, maintaining regulatory integrity and preventing criminal activity.

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