Gaming Control Board Awards 3 Grants To Eliminate Illegal Slot Machines In PA
HARRISBURG: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has approved three new grant requests totaling $387,442 to local law enforcement agencies to fund programs designed to thwart the operation of illegal slot machines in the Commonwealth.
This was the fifth round of approvals by the Board under a $5 million annual grant program developed and approved by the Legislature as part of the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. A total of $2,854,782.47 in grants has been awarded to local law enforcement agencies since the Board initiated the program in late 2007. The funding comes from revenues generated from licensed slot machine facilities.
“These grants go a long way in helping law enforcement offset the cost of locating illegally operating slot machines and then prosecuting violators,” said Gaming Control Board Commissioner and former FBI Agent Kenneth T. McCabe. “At the same time, it’s important to note that this funding is not being used to investigate and prosecute violations at private clubs of the small games of chance law, but only unlawful operation of slot machines.”
Grants approved were to the:
• Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office – $68,050
• Scott Township Police Department in Allegheny County – $69,392
• Delaware County District Attorney – $250,000
Those law enforcement grants approved today, along with 19 other grants previously approved by the Board, are used for:
1. Identification, Prevention and Deterrence: Grants may be awarded for the purpose of attending education and training events sponsored by authoritative agencies for the purpose of training officers, investigators or attorneys in techniques appropriate to the enforcement and prevention of the operation of unlawful slot machines in the Commonwealth. Grants may be awarded to conduct programs utilizing proven methods to attain deterrence or prevention of the illegal use of slot machines.
2. Prevention, Enforcement, Investigation and Prosecution: Grants may be awarded to defray costs related to assigning officers or investigators to prevent, deter, enforce or investigate the illegal use of slot machines. Grants may be awarded to defray the cost of prosecuting crimes involving the illegal use of slot machines.
3. Other Prevention and Enforcement Programs: Other programs that address prevention and enforcement of the use of illegal slot machines in the Commonwealth may be proposed.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is dedicated to protecting the financial interests of Commonwealth citizens through the funding of local law enforcement efforts in identifying slot machines that make cash payouts but result in no tax revenue to the state.
Local law enforcement agencies are encouraged to apply for these grants which will be awarded to eligible applicants until funding is exhausted. A maximum of $250,000 can be sought by any single organization. Information and applications are available on the PGCB website at www.pgcb.state.pa.us.
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