Massachusetts Gaming Regulators Examine Public Safety Around MGM Springfield

Oct 25, 2018

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is looking at the impact the new MGM Springfield casino is having on public safety.

It heard Thursday about a study being used as a baseline for the effort. It looks back several years at police department activity in 11 towns. 

Christopher Bruce is a crime analysis consultant to the Gaming Commission.

"Together, over the seven-year period that makes up the baseline period, these agencies made over 100,000 arrests, they had over 350,000 non-arrest crime incidents, more than 3 million calls for service, and 89,000 traffic collisions," Bruce told the Commission.

Bruce talked about high crime rates near the casino area in the last three months of 2017. He pointed to a map that shows clustered dots indicating four types of crimes.

"In the radius around where MGM Springfield is located, you know, because of economics, and geography, and a number of other issues, Springfield has had some challenges dealing with crime in that area. It’s gotten better over the seven-year period," Bruce said.

A map shows four types of crimes that occurred in an area near MGM Springfield during the last three months of 2017.
Credit Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Bruce said he'll revisit the data in roughly three-month intervals.

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