Police and prosecutors embark on Sportradar training

Recognising and endorsing the increased involvement of law enforcement agencies and police forces in the battle against match-fixing, last week, the Sportradar Security Services rolled out its “Law Enforcement Training” all day module to four different groups of police and public prosecutors from across Europe.

The launch of this addition to Sportradar’s list of services will provide public and police authorities with a new opportunity to drill down into the global betting markets and operators, the history and evolution of match-fixing, the key challenges today and going forward, as well as the power and workings of Sportradar’s own Fraud Detection System.

Betting fraud-driven match-fixing is a relatively new phenomenon, especially in the form that it takes on today. Numerous countries want to get ahead of the problem and ensure that they are well placed to either prevent the problem in the first place, or efficiently and effectively investigate and prosecute fixers should they start operating in their jurisdiction. But equally, some law enforcement agencies, police forces and public prosecutors are asked to work on or oversee this area, without the requisite level of understanding and expertise.

Sportradar have now developed a module that provides those stakeholders with everything they need to spot concerns, understand dangers and act swiftly to resolve incidents.

On completing the module, one official of the Criminal Intelligence Service Austria said: “We are experts in combating international organised crime and especially match fixing cases. But until recently, we did not have a really clear picture about the international modern sports betting market and its special characteristics. For such issues Sportradar is well experienced and has an outstanding reputation. Therefore this law enforcement training module was quite interesting and useful for our future work”.

Sportradar’s Managing Director Integrity and Strategy Andreas Krannich had this to say: “Match-fixing is an issue for sport and an issue for society. Those are not ‘either-or’ statements. They are fact. Organised crime has taken a keen interest in executing fixes and they show no signs of letting up. Today, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors are being asked to get to grips with this issue and all its intricacies… and fast. We are glad that our years in and around this space place us in a unique position to be the go-to organisation for clarity, guidance, insight and support. It is encouraging to see that in the wake of the Council of Europe Convention, public authorities are coming forward and looking to take on more responsibility. We look forward to working with more police forces, more law enforcement agencies and more public prosecutors’ offices in the coming year and beyond.”

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