Authorities in Brimfield Township are seeking help from the State in regulating the operation of internet casinos, which have caused headaches for the community and the police department.
Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver tells AkronNewsNow.com what his issue is regarding the gaming parlors.
"We just don't believe these are games of skill, we believe there's a certain mechanism of chance involved and they should be regulated by the State," Oliver says.
"We've waited quite some time now for the State to come down with a decision or to develop some sort of legislation that would make a law that we could enforce locally."
The Brimfield Board of Trustees passed a resolution earlier this year that would prevent any new casinos to be opened in Brimfield until the State placed regulations on the venues.
However, a third location along State Route 43 opened recently and many people in Brimfield have voiced their concerns with the police department in various formats, including Facebook.
The Chief says there's crime concerns associated with the three internet casinos within the township.
"We've had numerous drug and warrant arrests at two of the three locations.
An off duty officer is usually present at any one of the casinos throughout the week.
He says the locations of the internet casinos are in violation of Brimfield Township zoning laws and are therefore prohibited.
Chief Oliver says until the State gives the OK to enforce gambling at these places, they will be enforcing a wide variety of crimes at the internet parlors.
'We're going to continue to use target enforcement in the area," Oliver said. "We will utilize our three drug dogs and we will continue to make our community safe any way we can."
To read the Chief's comments regarding the internet casinos, click here, or click the Facebook link in the story.