POLICE and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has praised attempts to reduce the amount of wildlife crime and animal cruelty in the Peak District National Park.
Derbyshire Constabulary is one of only nine forces in the UK to receive "green" status from the National Wildlife Crime Unit, which reflects its high levels of activity in passing on reports and information.
The team has also received praise from Natural England for its efforts to monitor hen harriers and birds of prey.
There are currently 22 wildlife officers in the county.
So far this year, along with help from groups such as the RSPB, RSPCA, Peak District Raptor Groups and the Mid Derbyshire Badger Group, they have been involved with prosecuting a businessman who illegally destroyed a bat roost and the investigation into the robbery of a peregrine nest containing chicks.
Mr Charles said: "I'm very determined to show wildlife criminals that the Derbyshire countryside is not an easy target for their crimes."