In Barstow (CA), Port Huron (MI), Queens (NY) as well as on Long Island (NY), casino syndicators Marian Ilitch and Michael Malik have been bankrolling and attempting to advance plans for off-reservation Indian casinos. Crime rates in Barstow and Port Huron are climbing and have far outpaced the national average and this past summer there was a sophistacted pre-dawn raid on the Shinnecock Reservation and in neighboring communities meant to aid in the capture of drug dealers and other local criminals.
Not suprisingly, these communities are also struggling economically, another reason why they've been targeted by Detroit-based casino syndicators. However, few specifics and commitments have been offered up to these communities to guarantee that any casino resorts developed there won't be a further burden on the currently under-resourced law enforcement officials.
In Barstow, the Ilitch/Malik entity Barwest LLC negotiated an agreement with City officials in 2004 that called for specific funding of fire protection services but nothing guaranteed for local law enforcement. Only after another tribe stepped forward in 2005 to offer additional support for law enforcement did Barwest attempt to renegotiate the deal to offer something specific to police.
In Port Huron, there is no local agreement in place. The State would collect a small share of revenues from any casino resort developed and then direct a portion of that to local entities for use at their discretion.
And on Long Island in The Hamptons where the Ilitch/Malik entity Gateway Casino resorts and the Shinnecock tribe have proposed to build a casino resort, there is nothing in place to protect the neighboring communities or to fund anticipated burdens on local law enforcement.
It's interesting to note that despite a ratio of police officers per capita which is slightly better than the national average; crime in Detroit, where Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino, far out paces the national average and is growing; while crime nationally has been decreasing since 2001.