The Colorado Division of Gaming Enforcement and Investigations Section consists of five administrative staff and 45 peace officers serving dual roles. One is the traditional role of any law enforcement officer, enforcing not only gaming laws and gaming regulations, but also other criminal laws of the state as they are applicable in the casino towns. In this role, the Investigators of the Division arrest about a thousand persons each year for offenses associated with Colorado casino gaming. Investigators also patrol casinos and conduct inspections to determine compliance by casinos with gaming regulatory requirements. Nearly all of the enforcement work is done by investigators assigned to the Division's Central City and Cripple Creek field offices.
The second role of a Colorado gaming investigator is to conduct background investigations into the suitability of applicants for required state licensure. While conducting these investigations, the men and women of the Section regularly travel not only throughout the United States, but throughout the world. The background investigations team is consolidated in the Division's Golden office.
Flavio Quintana is the Chief of Investigations and is responsible for the enforcement and investigations functions in all three Division offices, which have an Agent in Charge at each location. Lad Sullivan is the Agent in Charge of the Central City-Black Hawk operations, while Gary Watada is the Agent in Charge of the Cripple Creek office. The Golden Agent in Charge of Investigations is Kirsten Gregg.