Regional security officer named for Vernon Downs, sister facility

VERNON — Vernon Downs Casino Resort, along with its fellow racino, Tioga Downs, has a new regional director of security who will oversee its security operations.

Robert Otto has been named regional director of security for the two locations, according to an announcement on Monday.

Otto has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, including the Philadelphia Police Department.

A graduate of Chestnut Hill College with a degree in criminal justice, Otto joined the Philadelphia Police Department as an officer and rose through the ranks to lieutenant, where he assisted with the oversight of all investigative and specialized tactical units for the entire department, the announcement said.

Otto also attended the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, the Penn State University Police Executive Development Program and the Penn State University Police Supervisory Program.

He has also received numerous commendations and awards from the Philadelphia Police Department, community organizations, private sector organizations, and local and state legislative bodies.

In addition to its video lottery terminals, Vernon Downs offers live harness racing, concerts and other entertainment. Jeff Gural owns Vernon Downs as well as Tioga Downs in Nichols.

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