Law enforcement ready for casino’s first weekend

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – Local law enforcement officials say they are ready for the first weekend of Hollywood Casino Toledo.

"Right now everything has been going real smoothly since the grand opening. We've had very little traffic influx in Rossford except for when the casino garage gets at capacity," said Rossford Police Chief Glenn Goss.

When that happens, traffic is funneled into two nearby overflow lots.  Shuttles are provided back to the casino.

To avoid congestion as gamblers leave the casino Rossford police have assigned extra officers to patrol the re-route area which is Dixie Highway to Glenwood Rd., back to Buck Rd. then to the I-75 northbound entrance ramp.

"Definitely an ebb and flow outside right now. That's where we're focusing our energy, making sure people are comfortable and they get in and off the site" says Jason Birney of Hollywood Casino.

Some gamblers have mixed reactions to that "ebb and flow."

"The one problem when we got off the expressway, I don't think we could turn left. We had to turn right. Then turn around and come back this way," said Donna Farner of Monroe, Mi.

"We got in very easy. Getting out has been a bit of a nightmare. We've been waiting forty minutes for our car to come out," added Bill Wheeler of Allen Park, Mi.

Casino mangers say the earlier in the day visitors come to the casino, the smaller the crowds the can expect.

"If you're coming in and want to look around on Saturday morning around 9:00-10:00, definitely going to experience lesser crowds and as the volume increases throughout the day, it will get busy like any other business," said Birney.

Police say they're also ready for any crime the casino attracts, although they have not seen any as of yet.

"[We'll be on the lookout for] Car break-ins, burglaries and human trafficking. It could involve anything, [but we] haven't seen any criminal increase," said Goss.

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