In 2013 Dave was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his dedication to tackling wildlife crime. Dave joined Devon and Cornwall Police in 1989, and has been a wildlife crime officer for more than 15 years. He has been involved in a number of significant cases including one concerning the illegal trade of raptors. He was presented with the lifetime achievement award, which was sponsored by WWF and the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW), at the 25th UK National Wildlife Crime Conference. The award also recognised Dave’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 [or was] Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species the (CITES). He’s going to be a hard act to follow.
Dave writes “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 have met many dedicated PWCO’s from across the UK and have many happy memories from the conferences I attended. I wish you all well in your endeavours to raise the profile of wildlife crime.”
Daves post will be filled by Sgt Paul Freestone.