Casinos, security topic of seminar

Nov 27, 2001 8:34 AM

Security experts and casino executives will gather for a day-long conference about insuring the security of gaming properties on Thursday, Dec. 6 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Security chiefs, surveillance directors, risk management executives and top officers of casino properties will participate in numerous panels and seminars sponsored by Gaming Education Conferences.

The program will feature more than 20 speakers, including security chiefs and surveillance directors, private security consultants, Secret Service agents, metro police officials and experts in the latest security technology products.

A highlight of the conference will be the luncheon presentation by a former top ranking federal law enforcement official. This person has been involved in worldwide events involving terrorism, espionage, hostage situations and organized crime activities. He will relate his vast experience directly to issues of security within the casino industry.

A panel discussion, The Cyber Crime Threat to the Gaming Industry, will focus on a newer and growing challenge to security in the casino industry. It will be presented by a team of three agents of the Secret Service and two members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the panel to be led by Carter Kim, assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service in Las Vegas.

Among other featured presentations is one on incident response teams and workforce disaster recovery by consulting psychologist Dr. Gloria Heatherington and another on high-rise building security by Geoff Craighead of Pinkerton/Burns, Los Angeles, and author of the book, “High Rise Security and Fire Life Safety.”

The conference was organized after the events of Sept. 11. One of the security experts assisting in organizing the conference program summarizes the state of casino resort security today this way: “It’s a new day in casino security. There are so many, many more responsibilities demanding the attention of the casino security professional. There are new skills that these professionals must learn and adopt immediately. We now have responsibilities that, a short time ago, were not even part of our duties.”

For more information about the security conference, call Bill Dorn at (612) 337-0003.