Racing NSW will have the services of a senior police detective in a move to reinforce integrity in the sport.
While NSW Police would not comment, Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys confirmed the venture to combat any corrupt activity.
The announcement comes after a week when racing has been rocked by the filing of Victoria Police charges against disqualified trainer Darren Weir and three other people relating to animal cruelty and fraud.
V’landys said punters and racing industry participants could be confident everything is being done to protect the integrity of racing and provide a level playing field for all.
Amendments to the NSW Racing Act are set to be passed by the NSW parliament which will give Racing NSW the power to compel anyone to give evidence and to submit mobile phones for forensic imaging.
Racing NSW is also expected to soon announce the appointment of a former police detective to its integrity unit.