The law enforcement agreement between Clark County and ilani Casino

The law enforcement agreement between Clark County and ilani Casino


KEN:
IT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE
BUSY FOR QUITE A WHILE, THANKS.
JENNY: NOW THAT THE ILANI CASINO
IS OFFICIALLY OPEN, WE WANTED TO
KNOW WHO WOULD ENFORCE THE LAWS.
BRENT WEISBERG IS GOING BEYOND
THE HEADLINES AND LOOKING AT A
NEW AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE COUNTY
AND TRIBE.
BRENT: THE SHERIFF UP HERE IN
CLARK COUNTY SAYS HE REALLY
DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT IN
TERMS OF CRIME THAT COULD BE
ASSOCIATED WITH THE NEW CASINO
BUT HE SAYS HIS DEPUTIES ARE
PREPARED TO RESPOND TO ANYTHING.
THE COWLITZ INDIAN TRIBE DOES
NOT HAVE A POLICE FORCE, AND
THAT MEANS WITH THE NEW ILANI
CASINO NOW OPENED, LAW
ENFORCEMENT SERVICES WILL BE
HANDLED BY THE CLARK COUNTY
SHERIFF’S OFFICE.
TODAY, I SPOKE WITH SHERIFF
CHUCK ATKINS ABOUT THE $250,000
AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TRIBE AND
COUNTY.
HE SAYS CALLS SERVICE AT THE
CASINO WILL BE PRIORITIZED, JUST
LIKE EVERY OTHER CALL THAT THE
SHERIFF’S OFFICE HANDLES.
THEIR MERE CALLING FOR US
DOESN’T MEAN AUTOMATICALLY THAT
WE DROP EVERYTHING AND WE RUN TO
THE CASINO.
BRENT: THE SHERIFF ADMITS, THE
CASINO COULD PUT A STRAIN ON
DEPARTMENT RESOURCES.
IT WILL PULL FROM THE
EXISTING RESOURCES IMMEDIATELY
BUT WE ARE ALREADY TRYING TO
GEAR UP, HIRE MORE, AND KEEP
THAT PROCESS MOVING.
BRENT: AS PART OF THE AGREEMENT,
THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE CAN ASK FOR
MORE MONEY NEXT YEAR IF LAW
ENFORCEMENT SERVICES BECOME TOO
CONSUMING.
THE SHERIFF WOULD ALSO LIKE TO
HIRE MORE DEPUTIES FOR THE
PATROL BEATS AROUND THE CASINO.
WHEN IT COMES TO ACTUAL LAW
ENFORCEMENT DUTIES, IF A SUSPECT
IS A NON-TRIBAL MEMBER, THE
INVESTIGATION AND ANY
PROSECUTION WILL BE HANDLED BY
THE COUNTY.
IF, HOWEVER THE SUSPECT IS A
TRIBAL MEMBER, THEN THE
SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL NOTIFY THE
FBI, AND AGENTS WILL RESPOND.
ANY PROSECUTION MATTERS WOULD
THEN BE HANDLED BY THE U.S.
ATTORNEY OFFICE.
SHERIFF ATKINS SAYS THE CASINO
WILL BE TREATED LIKE ANY OTHER
BUSINESS, AND CALLS FOR SERVICE
WILL BE HANDLED UNDER EXISTING
POLICY.
IT IS ANOTHER MAJOR BUSINESS
WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY THAT IS
GOING TO REQUIRE OUR SERVICE.

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