Australia: Victoria Police to explore links between racing and organised crime
06 Jul 2021

Victoria Police has embedded an investigator and an analyst in the state’s racing industry to explore possible links with organised crime.

The two officers will be seconded to the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner, Sean Carroll, for six months to explore what, if any, criminal connections may exist in Victorian racing.

Their work will cover not only thoroughbred racing but also harness and greyhound racing.

The pair, who started on Monday, won’t investigate anything historical; their work will focus on assessing on whether organised crime gangs are currently involved in the racing industry and whether Victoria Police needs to allocate extra resources to racing intelligence.

The initiative was triggered by a conversation between Carroll and Chief Commissioner Shane Patton.

To support the program, the racing integrity office has also hired two additional investigators, both of whom have backgrounds in the police force.

By Damien Ractliffe, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 July 2021

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