It is in the best interest of the tribes to make public safety at their casinos a priority and they will continue to operate with this in mind, just more economically, they say, through the use of the tribal police. Tribal officials say they will use these savings to hire more officers and market the casino better.
A spokeswoman for the governor’s office said the agreement is a reflection of a commitment on the part of the state to shift some responsibilities to the tribe.
The two Connecticut casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, who have been hit by the poor economy like everyone else, are looking for efficiencies and appealed to Gov. Malloy to help them. The combined reported savings for the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans is $4.5 million.