1. With the talk of a casino possibly in Hamilton and potentially in the downtown core area, what types of issues (if any), from a policing perspective would this bring?
Hamilton Police Service is committed to policing the City, to ensure the safety of the community. As you may be aware, we sent correspondence to the City’s Casino Subcommittee, requesting the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and provide input that the committee may wish to consider.
2. Are there any particular types of crime or criminal activity that tends to follow the presence of casinos that otherwise would not have been in play, or be as prevalent? If so, what might be expected?
The Service has set up an internal ad hoc casino committee to look at the impact of casinos in other jurisdictions from a policing perspective. Our research will include reaching out to other law enforcement agencies, which will include Toronto and Niagara Regional Police Services, in order to fully identify all issues. We will share this information with the City’s Subcommittee.
3. How would the advent of a casino affect policing in Hamilton. Are there any pressures it would present either from a capacity or skills required type of perspective, or any other perspective. How would a police service respond to such pressures?
As mentioned in our #2 response, our focus is to fully identify the issues involved from a policing perspective and then provide this to the Subcommittee.
Thanks Acting Chief Girt. We are certain Hamiltonians will be interested in your findings and reports.
Comments? Do you think a Casino will bring with it new forms of crime, or increased incidents of crime? Or are you of the view that there will be a negligible affect, if any?