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Police officer is recognised for career in tackling wildlife crime

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 02, 2013

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A Devon and Cornwall police officer is being honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his dedication to tackling wildlife crime.

Sergeant Dave Knight has been a wildlife crime officer for more than 15 years and has been involved in a number of significant cases.

He will be presented with the award today by WWF and the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW) at the 25th UK National Wildlife Crime Conference.

The award also recognises Sgt Knight's work to engage staff on wildlife crime issues, and his efforts to promote a clear understanding of the legislation around wildlife crime. His area of specialism is Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species the (CITES).

"I am both shocked and extremely pleased to have received this prestigious award," Sgt Knight, who lives in North Devon, said.

"I have been working here for over 15 years, investigating wildlife crime offences since 1998, and am very grateful to Devon and Cornwall Police for giving me the opportunity to be a wildlife crime officer.

"I am due to retire soon and I hope that the work I've done, along with my fellow wildlife crime officers, such as the initiatives we've introduced and the partnerships we've developed, will continue. This is valuable work, which is so important in places like Devon and Cornwall."

Heather Sohl, chief advisor on species at WWF-UK said:

"Dave's work, and that of the other nominees, goes to show how crucial the enforcement of wildlife law is in the UK, and we hope it will continue to be sufficiently supported by government and enforcement authorities in the future."

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