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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Gaming Control Board officials say occasional police patrols on the casino floor is one response to a pair of robberies at Philadelphia’s SugarHouse casino last fall.

During a state House budget hearing Tuesday, Gaming Control Board officials were asked about security at SugarHouse in the wake of the hold-ups. The executive director of the board, Kevin O’Toole, said the casino has taken “effective steps” to improve security along with Philadelphia police and state police.

“And the state police have indicated that they do not have a problem with Philadelphia police, on occasion, on those busy Friday nights and Saturday nights, to walk around the gaming floor, to show a law enforcement presence.”

O’Toole says state police also have their personnel conduct occasional uniformed strolls on the gaming floor on busy nights. Even before it opened, SugarHouse agreed to two round-the-clock patrols of its parking lot – something the board chairman says no other Pennsylvania casino has.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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