Hamilton County Wildlife Officer David Holt was named Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Law Enforcement District 32 Wildlife Officer of the Year. This prestigious title is awarded to officers who excel in teamwork, public outreach, innovation, attitude, leadership and achievements.
Mr. Holt, a Knox County native, started with the agency in 2017. He is an asset to the agency, Hamilton County, and its sportsmen and women. Sergeant Chris Combs said, “Officer Holt’s ambitions and energetic work ethic make him a valuable member of District 32.
He is known for his strong work ethic, professional demeanor and fantastic communications skills.”
Captain Jeff Bishop added, “Officer Holt is respected by his coworkers and dependable. He assists throughout the district with outreach programs, special events and additional enforcement efforts. This in conjunction with his great accomplishments in his own county, are the reasons Mr. Holt has been named officer of the year.”
Mr. Holt actively patrols waterways in Hamilton County to deter impaired boaters and unsafe boating activities. His efforts on the waterways in the county have made for a safer boating experience for the boating public. Officer Holt inspected 480 vessels for compliance on Tennessee waterways and made 75 compliance checks on TWRA access areas. Officer Holt also inspected 693 individuals for compliance of hunting and fishing regulations. These inspections resulted in 137 citations and warnings and five BUI arrests. Sergeant Chris Combs said, “Officer Holt demonstrates many qualities that make him an exceptional officer.”
Mr. Holt partners with other state, local, and federal agencies and is always willing to assist. Holt also conducts boater and hunter education courses in his county. He was the recipient of the 2018 Safari Club International Officer of the Year. When asked what he most enjoys about the profession Mr. Holt stated, “I enjoy assisting sportsmen and women in the county and beyond. I greatly enjoy seeing families fishing and hunting and appreciate parents that get their kids outside. I hope to positively influence youth and motivate them enjoy our natural resources. I have fantastic coworkers that help me uphold the TWRA mission.”
To learn more about law enforcement and TWRA, visit tnwildlife.org.