(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today traveled to Northwest Ohio, making stops in Bowling Green and Toledo.
In Bowling Green, Attorney General DeWine met with Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey to discuss plans for a new state-of-the-art Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) lab to be located on the campus of Bowling Green State University.
"The partnership with Bowling Green is a win-win. We will be able to help prepare the next generation of forensic scientists and criminal justice professionals while expanding our BCI Bowling Green facility which will help us to better serve local law enforcement," said Attorney General DeWine.
The Attorney General's Office has been allocated $11.9 million in the Capital Budget to build the new facility. The bill was signed yesterday by the governor.
In addition, Attorney General DeWine went on a tour of the Hollywood Casino Toledo. BCI has been chosen by the Ohio Casino Control Commission to provide security and effective law enforcement in the Toledo and Cleveland casinos. In Toledo, the BCI Gaming Unit is fully staffed, with 11 Special Agents, a Supervisor, and a Special Agent-In-Charge for the casino.
The BCI Gaming Unit has completed and continues to receive extensive training on casino gaming, law enforcement services in casinos, and other issues related to casino operations. BCI is also working closely with the Ohio Casino Control Commission, casino operators, local law enforcement, and other local officials in planning for the opening of the casinos.
"BCI personnel will be ready for the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo," said Attorney General DeWine. "I was impressed with the amount of work and preparation that has gone into being ready for opening day."
Lisa Peterson-Hackley -- 614-466-3840
Eve Mueller -- 614-466-3840