in recent years due to shrinking resources, meaning more work was being put onto fewer officers.
The prosecutor said: "Officers were of the opinion that Mr Knopwood was well enough to be taken into police custody and take the full breath test procedure.
Mr Marshall, who represented the detective in his misconduct hearing, said the public interest was not served by removing "an outstanding detective who has served the public with distinction for 24 years".
"We are picking up as an association that people are surprised and shocked that such a talented public servant has been removed for one error of judgement."
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by removing him.
Melanie Ibbotson, prosecuting, said Knopwood complained of feeling unwell as he was taken to the police station and said he wanted to go to hospital to see a doctor.
He said: "We absolutely sympathise as a staff association with the family of Ann Maguire and we wouldn't want them to think he had neglected his duties.
A leading detective sacked for failing to provide a specimen for a drink driving breath test was not getting enough support in his stressful job according to a body representing senior officers.
"Although we do not comment on individual cases such as these, concerns regarding work loads should be raised with line managers to see what assistance can be put in place."
"We do not in any circumstances condone drink driving, that is not what this is about. We are saying there is a debate to be had about whether we should lose, not an ordinary policeman or a good policeman, or even a very good policeman, but an outstanding and talented policeman. We say the public is poorer for it, for losing the services of someone like Dave Knopwood.
Prior to his sacking, Knopwood had been head of protective services (crime), the division responsible for all major criminal investigations carried out by Yorkshire's biggest police force.
Knopwood became head of the department, formed when the force's Crime Division and Homicide and Major Enquiry Team were merged, in November last year.
He added: "He has conceded that his conduct was not what should be expected but we argue that the public interest is simply not served Under Armour Clutchfit Drive 2 High
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He said: "As a staff association we think he should have had more support in this critical role. He is not saying categorically that had he had more support this would not have happened, we can't say that either.
"He himself, in relation to Ann Maguire's case, recognised it was a terrible thing to have happened, to suggest that he was in charge of that investigation is simply untrue. He had made sure that all the necessary arrangements were in place by talented detectives."
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The arrest took place on the day Knopwood's officers were investigating the murder of Leeds school teacher Ann Maguire, but Mr Marshall said he had no direct involvement in the investigation itself.
Sacked detective 'needed support'
Victor Marshall of the staff association said he had a "hugely stressful" job and that the number of superintendent positions had dropped Under Armour Shoes Tumblr
"This is a man who gets up in the early hours of the morning and finishes late in the evening on many occasions. On this occasion he decided to unwind and made an error of judgement, thinking he was OK to drive and clearly he was not."
"During the procedure he declined to provide the necessary evidential samples of breath and stated that he was unwell."
Knopwood, of Park Lane, Knaresborough, was taken to hospital where he was quickly assessed and returned to custody without treatment.
from driving for 12 months and fined him 1,000 at a hearing last month.
Magistrates heard the consequences for Knopwood, his wife and 12 year old daughter would be "catastrophic" and have a profound financial effect on them.
"If someone is supported more in such a high profile Under Armour Micro G Attack job then the pressure may not have been as intense as it clearly was.
Knopwood told officers he had had two pints when asked if he had been drinking. He was then asked to take a road side breath test and was more then one and a half times the legal limit.
His dismissal means he will miss out on between 1 million and 2 million in pension payments, according to the Police Superintendents' Association, which represents more than 1,000 officers in senior management positions.
Harrogate Magistrates Court heard Knopwood was stopped by officers from North Yorkshire Police in Knaresborough, just after 11pm on April 28 after they noticed him driving "extremely slowly".
Detective Superintendent Osman Khan of West Yorkshire Police's Professional Standards, said: "Every officer within West Yorkshire Police has access to a line manager, an association such as the Superintendents Association, Police Federation or union as well as the Occupational Health Unit and colleagues.
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