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A police officer who investigated the harassment of a dolphin living off the Kent coast has been given a wildlife award by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The WWF runs programmes which enable people to adopt and sponsor dolphins, as well as working in other ways for dolphin protection.
Pc Andrew Small's inquiry led to two men being convicted of disturbing the dolphin, known as Dave, this year.
The annual award of WWF Wildlife Law Enforcer of the Year is sponsored by WWF as part of their work for animal welfare.
Pc Small was the first officer in Kent to taken on the role in 2005 of Rural and Environmental Crime Coordinator.
Kent Police said Pc Small had also trained supervisors in the force control room so call handlers could record potential wildlife crimes correctly.
Heather Sohl, wildlife trade and policy officer at WWF, said the award "gives recognition to those who go far above and beyond the call of duty to catch wildlife criminals and to prevent wildlife crime in the first place".
She added: "It's a small way to show our appreciation of their dedication to stop serious environmental damage."
In April, two Folkestone men who swam in the sea with Dolphin Dave after a night out were found guilty of harassing the dolphin.
Pipe fitter Michael Jukes, 27, of Castle Hill Avenue, and civil engineer Daniel Buck, 26, of Church Road, were convicted of intentionally or recklessly disturbing the dolphin at Sandgate, Kent in June last year.
Dover magistrates heard they had touched and stroked Dave the dolphin, which had become a tourist attraction spotted regularly near Folkestone.