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Top 5 reasons why police are called to Rivers Casino


Top 5 reasons why police are called to Rivers Casino

Call logs break it down
Top 5 reasons why police are called to Rivers Casino
Opening day at Rivers Casino in Schenectady on Feb. 8.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER

Of roughly 185 calls to 911 from Rivers Casino & Resort at 1 Rush St. between Feb. 8 and March 15, here are the top five causes, according to call logs.

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27 calls

These calls happen when the casino specifically requests an officer be posted there at certain dates and times. This typically happens during busier hours, such as when live entertainment is offered, so police can immediately handle any issues. The casino then reimburses the city for time spent at the facility, Police Chief Eric Clifford said.

'Police on property' or 'property check'

26 and 16 calls, respectively

These are generally proactive calls for an officer to check in at the property to “fly the flag” and alert patrons that police are in the area, Clifford said.


'EMS calls'

Roughly 15 in the first five weeks were for various medical ailments

Those included fainting, difficulty breathing, injuries, illness and falls.


12 calls

With only two exceptions, all of these took place between midnight and 4:30 a.m., according to 911 call logs.

'Group annoying,' 'person annoying' or 'vehicle annoying'

11 calls total

These terms are used to describe officers handling a group or individual who might be engaging in questionable behavior, such as drinking in the parking lot, or a group having an argument.

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