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Southland Donates $65,000 For "SkyCop" Cameras For West Memphis Schools

(SOUTHLAND GAMING & RACING RELEASE) - Southland Gaming & Racing is donating $65,000 for the installation of ten “SkyCop” cameras to the West Memphis School District in West Memphis, AR.  The cameras will cover the six elementary schools, three junior high schools and one high school in the West Memphis School District.  The cameras should be installed in the next few months. 

The check presentation will be on Monday, August 27 at 11am at the Weaver Elementary School - 1280 East Barton, West Memphis, AR.

David Wolf, President and General Manager of Southland Gaming & Racing said “This partnership with the West Memphis Police Department and West Memphis School district could not come at a more crucial time, aligning Southland’s resources with student, teacher and community safety.  We are pleased to provide this generous donation to benefit the entire city of West Memphis”.

West Memphis School officials said they’d been talking all summer with police about how to defend their schools against potential mass shootings. “Nationwide that’s pretty much dominated the topic board for most public schools all summer. In the state of Arkansas, it’s no different," Superintendent Jon Collins said. “We decided it would be beneficial to implement a SkyCop program at each of the West Memphis schools for the upcoming year," WMPD Capt. Joe Baker said.

Captain Baker said the department has seen a reduction in crime within the last year in areas where SkyCop cameras are located. He's hoping the same will be true for local schools. "So even at an elementary school campus where we have nothing going on, just the fact that it's there and the deterrent effect we've seen in other places, we think it'll mimic that on a school campus,” Captain Baker said.

The expense of the SkyCop cameras was above and beyond the West Memphis School District’s budget so Superintendent Jon Collins and WMPD Capt. Joe Baker reached out to Southland Gaming in July requesting the funding of the cameras.  The donation request was approved and within three weeks the district was able to order the cameras.  Once the cameras are installed, the West Memphis School District will be the only school district in Arkansas and the Mid-South with complete coverage at all its schools.

About Southland Park Gaming & Racing

Southland Gaming & Racing has been a major racing venue for more than 60 years and has over 2,000 electronic games of skill -- including video poker and blackjack -- as well as the World Market Buffet, Bourbon St. Steakhouse, Sammy Hagar’s Red Rocker Bar & Grill and the Starting Gate Event Center. Southland Gaming has long been a pivotal fixture of the West Memphis community, strongly supporting the community with jobs, business stability, and economic contributions. It has consistently won awards for its outstanding community service, including millions of dollars donated to neighborhood charities and educational institutions. Southland Park is owned and operated by Delaware North Gaming & Entertainment. More information is available at www.southlandpark.com.

About Delaware North's gaming business

Delaware North is one of the most innovative gaming operators in the country, operating regional casino destinations with slot and video gaming machines, table games, poker rooms, racetracks, racing simulcast centers, restaurants, lounges, nightclubs, sports bars, event centers, retail shops and hotels. Delaware North owns and operates entertainment destinations in New York, Illinois, Florida, Arizona, West Virginia, Arkansas and Ohio. Delaware North's gaming business is a subsidiary of Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service. For more information, visit www.delawarenorth.com/industries/gaming.

About Delaware North

Delaware North is one of the largest privately held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our 60,000 employee associates are dedicated to creating special experiences one guest at a time in serving more than a half-billion guests annually. Delaware North operates in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurant and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries and has annual revenue of about $3 billion. “Delaware North” is a reference to Delaware North Companies Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries, including location-specific operating entities. Learn more about Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, at www.DelawareNorth.com.

 


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