In the past, our blog has discussed how the patrons of Atlantic City's seven major casinos should be aware that law enforcement maintains a strong and consistent presence at these establishments. Indeed, troopers with the Casino Investigations Unit are busy cracking down on standard criminal offenses and violations of the state's Casino Control Act 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Last month, we discussed how New Jersey's Casino Investigations Unit divides its enforcement efforts between cracking down on traditional crime -- disorderly conduct, defiant trespass, prostitution, robbery, etc. -- and violations of the Casino Control Act.
In a previous post, we discussed how the Casino Investigations Unit, the largest enforcement unit within New Jersey's Casino Gambling Bureau, maintains a strong presence at Atlantic City casinos, actively enforcing the provisions of the Code of Criminal Justice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Casinos naturally have a reputation for being wild places owing to their steady supply of gambling and alcohol, their lavish clubs and shows, and, of course, their often outlandish decors. While it's certainly true that things can become very rowdy at casinos at virtually any hour of the day, it would be a mistake to consider them as being some sort of lawless establishments.
Thanks to the many casinos and the many bars found along the world-famous Jersey Shore, there is never a dull moment on the weekends here in Atlantic City. This is especially true for this coming weekend, as young people will be out in droves -- and in costumes -- to celebrate Halloween at area hotspots.
For years, people from across the nation and across the state of New Jersey have flocked to Atlantic City to take in the sights and sounds, especially the casinos. While some enjoy the city's numerous casinos for their shows, spas and dining experiences, the majority come for the sole purpose of gambling.
There is a lot going on at any given moment in a casino. Employees are handling a lot of money and dealing with patrons that are trying to gamble and win some of it. At the same time, there is alcohol on offer and not every patron paces himself or herself. Security is very tight, and the whole atmosphere can generate tense and combative moments. But there are also moments that are simply misinterpreted, with the people involved being accused of crimes or actions that they may not have committed.