Chapter 3772-19 Security, Surveillance System and Commission Facilities

3772-19-01 Security, surveillance system and commission facilities.

(A) A licensed casino operator, management company or holding company ("Licensee") must comply with minimum surveillance standards as approved by the casino control commission ("Commission"). The purposes of a casino surveillance system are to assist the Licensee and the commission in safeguarding the licensee's assets, in deterring, detecting and prosecuting criminal acts, and in maintaining public confidence and trust that licensed casino gaming is conducted honestly and free of criminal elements and activity.

(B) Each licensee shall install, maintain and operate in the casino facility a surveillance system in accordance with the specifications and standards approved by the commission and shall provide access and override access for the system to the commission or the commission's agent.

(C) Each licensee shall have rooms available at each casino facility for the exclusive use of commission agents to monitor and record casino gaming operations. Each such room shall be identified as the commission surveillance room. Each commission surveillance room must comply with the specifications and standards approved by the commission. The commission shall designate and approve the location of each commission surveillance room.

(D) Each licensee shall have at least one room for designated casino surveillance employees to use for monitoring and recording casino gaming operations. Each such room shall be identified as the casino surveillance room. Each casino surveillance room must comply with the specifications and standards approved by the commission. The commission or the commission's agent shall at all times be afforded immediate access to the casino surveillance room, other surveillance areas and all records relating to surveillance.

(E) Each licensee shall maintain a security log of all surveillance activities in the casino surveillance room. Security logs must comply with the specifications and standards approved by the commission.

(F) Each licensee shall record, store and retrieve video and audio recordings compliant with the specifications and standards approved by the commission.

(G) Each licensee shall provide secure and segregated rooms at each casino facility for the exclusive use of commission agents. Such rooms shall be identified as the commission facilities. The commission facilities shall be in addition to the commission surveillance room(s). Commission facilities shall be of a size and design approved by the commission and comply with the specifications and standards approved by the commission.

(H) At any time, the casino surveillance system, surveillance equipment, as well as any separate telephone communication and internet system for use by the commission, shall be subject to testing by the commission or the commission's agent without notice. Any malfunction of surveillance equipment shall necessitate the immediate replacement of the faulty unit with a working unit. If immediate replacement is not possible, alternative live monitoring must be provided by casino surveillance personnel. The live monitoring must meet the approval of the commission's agent in order for casino gaming to continue in the affected surveillance area. If the commission's agent deems the live monitoring by casino surveillance personnel to be inadequate, casino gaming in that area shall cease until the licensee provides adequate monitoring. Any malfunction of surveillance equipment must be recorded in the security log.

(I) Each licensee must submit a surveillance system plan to the commission no later than sixty days prior to the commencement of casino gaming operations. The surveillance system plan must include a casino floor plan that shows the placement of all surveillance equipment and a detailed description of the procedures utilized in the operation of the casino surveillance system and its equipment. In addition, the plan may include other information that evidences compliance with Chapter 3772. of the Revised Code, this chapter and the specifications and standards approved by the commission. The commission may at any time request any additional information and perform testing of the surveillance system. All surveillance system plans must be approved by the commission and must comply with the minimum surveillance standards approved by the commission. The licensee shall maintain a copy of its current surveillance system plan in its surveillance department. Surveillance system plans shall be made immediately available to any agent of the commission upon request. Once a surveillance system plan is approved by the commission, the licensee must comply with the approved surveillance system plan as well as the minimum surveillance standards approved by the commission.

(J) Upon good cause shown, the commission may, in its discretion, grant a variance or waiver from compliance with any surveillance requirement or standard. All requests for variance or waiver must be in writing and state the reasons for the request and the alternative measures, if any, the licensee will undertake to accomplish the objectives of the surveillance rules and standards. The licensee must comply with the surveillance rules and standards approved by the commission while the request for variance or waiver is pending. Any request for waiver or variance that is not granted by the commission, in writing, within ninety days after it is received by the commission will be deemed denied. The commission may impose additional terms or requirements as a condition for granting a variance or waiver.

Effective: 10/12/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/12/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3772.03(D)(20)
Rule Amplifies: 3772.03(D)(20) , 3772.10(A)(9) , 3772.111(C)