Gaming Division - History
The Gaming Division, pursuant to a memorandum of understanding with the Missouri Gaming Commission, provides criminal and regulatory enforcement of gaming operations within the state. Under the command of Captain Norman A. Murphy, the division is divided into four sections: Administrative Services, Investigations, Eastern District Enforcement and Western District Enforcement. The Gaming Division is one of the Patrol's largest divisions, with an authorized strength of 128 uniformed members and three civilians. The staffing of 128 troopers assigned to the Gaming Division does not impact or reduce the number of troopers assigned to patrol Missouri roadways, as allocated by the legislature.
The Gaming Division was established on May 1, 1994, by order of Colonel Fred M. Mills, and was the first new division established within the Patrol since the creation of the Division of Drug and Crime Control in 1983. Strict criminal and regulatory enforcement, as well as meticulous investigations are essential elements to the successful regulation of legalized gambling in Missouri. Because of its history of service with distinction and integrity, the Patrol was given the responsibility of providing investigative, regulatory and criminal law enforcement services, which ultimately police the gaming industry.
The Administrative Services Section, under the supervision of Lieutenant Rex M. Scism, oversees the collection and preservation of evidence and property, motor equipment fleet management, training, criminal records and case management, overtime, personnel actions and special projects. During calendar year 2012, this section was responsible for the management and maintenance of 134 vehicles assigned to the Gaming Division. The Administrative Services Section processed 543 containers of criminal evidence during 2012.
The Investigative Unit, under the supervision of Lieutenant Mark A. Bielawski, conducts comprehensive background investigations of individuals, companies and suppliers applying for licensure with the Missouri
Gaming Commission. The Investigative Unit was involved with 543 investigations during the past year to determine the suitability of licensees, suppliers and vendors. The unit is responsible for providing oversight and conducting investigations related to Missouri's 316 licensed charitable gaming operations and is also charged with conducting background investigations on both charitable gaming and riverboat supplier companies.
The Enforcement Section is divided into two districts. The Eastern District is under the supervision of Lieutenant Edward J. Aylward. The Western District is under the supervision of Lieutenant Andrew O. Tourney. Officers assigned to the Enforcement Section are responsible for enforcing both Missouri criminal statutes and Missouri Gaming Commission regulations on the 13 licensed casino properties. The number of licensed casino properties went down to 12 with the closing of the President Casino in 2010, and the subsequent surrendering of their Gaming License to the Missouri Gaming Commission. This license was later awarded to Isle of Capri who began construction on a new casino in 2011. The Isle of Capri - Cape Girardeau opened in October of 2012. Troopers assigned to the Enforcement Section conducted 2,548 criminal investigations, made 3,726 arrests, generated 9,457 Gaming Reports and processed 774 disassociated persons (problem gamblers).
All four sections of the Patrol's Gaming Division are provided clerical support from Administrative Office Support Assistant, Ms. Jonna R. Farley, Clerk Typist, Ms. Meghan E. Basinger and Clerk Typist, Mrs. Kristin Kayser.
The following chart depicts arrests for all casinos statewide:
- Division Director
- Captain Norman A. Murphy
- Administrative Services
- Lieutenant Rex M. Scism
- Investigative Unit
- Lieutenant Mark A. Bielawski
- Boat Enforcement
- Lieutenant Andrew O. Tourney - Western District
- Lieutenant Edward J. Aylward - Eastern District
- Administrative Assistant
- Office Support
- Ms. Jonna R. Farley
- Phone: (573) 526-2323
- Phone: (573) 526-4080
- Fax: (573) 526-1112
- Clerk Typist
- Ms. Meghan E. Basinger
- Phone: (573) 526-1994
- Clerk Typist
- Mrs. Kristin Kayser
- Phone: (573) 522-3029