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Policing off-track betting
Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law (PML) CHAPTER 47-A, ARTICLE 5
§ 504. Policing off-track betting. 1. For the purpose of preserving
order and preventing offenses against the laws prohibiting gambling and
the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to sections two hundred
twenty-two through seven hundred five of this chapter, the officers or
directors of each corporation subject to the provisions of this article
are hereby authorized to appoint from time to time, special police
officers, and the same to remove at pleasure, who, when appointed, shall
within any office of a corporation and within five hundred feet
therefrom be vested with the powers of peace officers, as set forth in
section 2.20 of the criminal procedure law, whose duty, when appointed,
shall be to preserve order within and around the offices of said
corporation, to protect the property within, to eject or arrest all
persons who shall be improperly within the office of such corporation or
who shall be guilty of disorderly conduct, or who shall neglect or
refuse to observe the rules prescribed by said corporation; and it shall
be the further duty of said police officers, when appointed to prevent
all violations of law with reference to pool-selling, bookmaking and
other gambling and all violations of the rules and regulations
promulgated pursuant to sections two hundred twenty-two through seven
hundred five of this chapter having the force of law and to arrest any
and all persons violating such provisions, and to convey such person or
persons so arrested, with a statement of the cause of such arrest,
before a magistrate having jurisdiction of such offense, to be dealt
with according to law. The appointment of special police officers in
pursuance of this section shall not be deemed to supersede in any way
the authority of peace officers or police officers of the jurisdiction
within which the offices of the corporation are located.

2. Any appointment of a special police officer under this section,
shall be made only with the approval of the commission. Application for
such approval shall be in such form as may be prescribed by the
commission and shall contain such other information or material or
evidence as the commission requires. In acting on an application for
such approval the commission shall consider the background, experience,
integrity, and competence of the candidate for appointment, the public
interest, convenience or necessity and the interests of legalized
wagering generally. The commission in its discretion may set the term of
any such appointment, terminate any existing appointment at any time and
prescribe conditions and rules for the conduct of such office.