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Commission joins forces with police to tackle crime risks at Scottish betting shops

19 January 2017

The Gambling Commission today took part in a joint operation with Police Scotland at betting shops in Falkirk.

The compliance exercise had two purposes - to help train police officers on how to conduct inspections of gambling licensed premises, and to raise awareness amongst betting shop staff of the risks of crime.

Helen Venn, Gambling Commission programme director, said: “Today’s action is just one of a number of operations we have conducted over the last year across Scotland from North Ayrshire to Aberdeenshire. We have used this operation to target a range of possible gambling offences.

"Since 2014, we have undertaken nearly 200 proactive compliance inspections of gambling licensed premises in Scotland, which often involve police officers, licensing standards officers, and other agencies.

“We are committed to working with all our partners to ensure that gambling is fair and open, that criminal activity is prevented and that children and vulnerable people are protected.”

The latest visits were conducted with the cooperation of betting shop operators.

For more information on the role of authorised persons when undertaking compliance and enforcement activity (opens in new tab) around gambling licensing premises, please see our advice note.

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Last updated: 22 March 2021

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