The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and the Malta Police Force (MPF) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further increase and improve the efficacy of their co-operation and to strengthen the exchange of information with regards to gaming operations.
This understanding aims to consolidate undertakings in combatting gaming related offences such as instances where parties are involved in joint operations requiring the seizure of objects and other illegal gaming activities. These may include assisting in the prosecution of the aforementioned illegal activities and any other investigative requirements.
The MGA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Heathcliff Farrugia, expressed his satisfaction towards reaching this important milestone, stating: ‘’This Memorandum of Understanding will continue to strengthen the good relationship there is between the MGA and the MPF. Apart from having a closer collaboration, through this MOU, both parties are also agreeing to share their respective knowledge and to formally provide technical training to each other. This agreement is testament to the ongoing efforts of the two entities in continuing their fight against illegal gaming activities in Malta’’.
For the Commissioner of Police, Mr Lawrence Cutajar, ‘’In an ever-changing complex world, policing has become more challenging, necessitating the establishment of solid partnerships with other government agencies and NGOs as well as with society in general, this in order to ensure effective law enforcement throughout. The signing of this MOU with the MGA is one in a string of initiatives which the Malta Police Force under my charge has embarked upon over the past months aimed at combating criminality in general whilst it goes to show our strong commitment to tackle two of the most challenging crime categories, namely financial and computer-related crime’’.
This MoU came into force as of 20 May 2019.