Two New Security Chiefs Hired in England

The British Jockey Club has appointed two new security chiefs in an effort to strengthen the policing of racing.

The integrity of racing in Britain has been called into question in recent years, particularly by the BBC Panorama program and development of betting exchanges where people lay horses to lose as well as backing them to win.

Paul Scotney, a detective chief superintendent with London's Metropolitan police, has been appointed director of security.
Scotney, 48, has a lifelong interest in horse racing, and is particularly experienced in intelligence-led policing. He will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the recommendations of the security review group that investigated all aspects of how British racing is policed.

Ben Gunn, the former chief constable of Cambridgeshire police, becomes chairman of the security and investigations committee.
Gunn is not a newcomer to the Jockey Club, having previously chaired the security review group. He has substantial experience in investigation, having spent much of his career with the special branch division of the Metropolitan police that deals with counter-terrorism.

Gunn is the first non-Jockey Club member to have appointed to this position, which reviews the work of the security department and also ensures the department has access to additional professional advice.

Commenting on the two new appointments, the Jockey Club's executive director Christopher Foster said: "Ben Gunn's expertise and ability was evident for all to see, through his comprehensive security review report, and we are fortunate to have obtained his services in this specialist role.

"These two appointments signal clearly our intent to strengthen our security team to ensure they are best placed to deal with the continually heavy workload and expectations placed on them."
This is the second time the Club has re-launched its security side that will continue to be under close scrutiny.