The Columbus Division of Police has added new duties for three patrol officers. The three have been named Diversity and Inclusion Liaison Officers who will work to build trust between police and the community.
Hundreds Asking To Be Banned From Ohio Casinos
About 450 people have asked to be banned from the four casinos in Ohio, where the state plans to spend more than $6 million by the end of this fiscal year to prevent and treat gambling addictions.
Much of that goes to county boards that address mental health and addiction services.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission’s coordinator of responsible gaming says the state sought to address problem gambling even before more addicts came forward. More than 5,000 calls came into Ohio’s problem-gambling helpline in a year, though some of those weren’t about addressing an addiction.
A state survey last year said 250,000 adult Ohioans are either problem gamblers or at risk of gambling problems. That number is expected to rise as gambling sites are added.