December 15th, 2005


Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Commonwealth Tower, Strawberry Square
303 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Pennsylvania State Police, Gaming Control Board Announce Agreement To Protect Integrity of Gaming

HARRISBURG: The Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board have signed an agreement to ensure the integrity of gaming in the Commonwealth, Colonel Jeffrey Miller, Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, and Tad Decker, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, said today.

“This agreement marks yet another milestone in this complex undertaking,” Colonel Miller said. “Through background investigations and aggressive monitoring and enforcement, the State Police will assist the Gaming Control Board to ensure that gaming operations in Pennsylvania comply with existing laws and regulations and meet the highest standards of integrity.”

“The Gaming Control Board’s number one mission is to license only reputable operators whose facilities are safe, enjoyable and profitable,” Decker said. “This agreement will maintain and strengthen the relationship between the Board and the State Police and make sure we achieve these goals.”

The State Police will assist in performing background investigations of gaming applicants, as requested by the Board, and will conduct criminal enforcement at gaming facilities, Colonel Miller and Chairman Decker said. The State Police and the Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement (BIE) will provide an on-site law-enforcement and regulatory presence at each gaming facility. Members of the State Police and BIE will work cooperatively to ensure compliance with all statutes and regulations.

“This agreement makes crystal clear the considerable role of our organization and our staff in gaming,” said Colonel Miller. “It defines these roles and acknowledges the State Police commitment to on-site and regional law-enforcement presence.”

“I am pleased to see that State Police will have a significant intelligence and criminal enforcement presence throughout the state to ensure the integrity of gaming in Pennsylvania,” said Commissioner Kenneth McCabe, a former FBI agent.

Copies of the Interagency Agreement, with certain public-safety and mission-critical information redacted, are available from the Gaming Control Board communications office at (717) 346-8321.