Mayor: Casino revenues separate from policing needs

Richmond News

Despite reports of alleged money laundering at River Rock Casino and Resort, Mayor Malcolm Brodie does not believe the city should necessarily increase its policing budget for the facility.

“I don’t think we would draw a straight line between the issues they (River Rock) have been dealing with and our budget. We’ll be looking at a more overall situation to see what operational support (police services) we need,” said Brodie.

Each year, city hall receives 10 per cent of net gaming revenues from River Rock as part of a hosting agreement with B.C. Lottery Corporation (BCLC). When the casino became fully operational in 2004, council resolved to fund an additional four police officers. At the time, the extra enforcement was considered necessary to curb street crime around the casino. There was, and remains, no mention of money laundering, which according to Postmedia reports, poses a danger to public safety. …

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