Officer is boxing community hero

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Hampden Park beat officer PC Dave Selby has been recognised for work in the community.

The officer was nominated in the sports category of the BBC Sussex and Surrey Community Heroes Awards for his voluntary work with young people.

Since 2007 he has set up and helped run three boxing clubs at Hillcrest in Newhaven, on his beat in Hampden Park and near his home at Newlands in Seaford.

PC Selby, who attended with his wife PC Amy Selby, who is also a Sussex Police officer based at Horsham, said, “It’s something I love to do, so I am delighted just to be recognised amongst so many other amazing people.

“I work with all sorts of children and young people, some who can’t get involved in other sports or who have been in trouble at school or with the police.

“I do this outside work because I really enjoy it, but it’s also had a positive impact on my day job.

“Anti-social behaviour has gone down in areas we’ve set up the clubs and, more importantly for me, it builds real trust.

“Young people on my beat know me not just as their local officer, but also a boxing coach who really cares about them and their area.”

The awards ceremony was held at Wakehurst Place and Sussex Police was involved in a number of ways by nominating brave members of the pubic and being recognised for work in the community.

Detective Chief Constable Giles York who attended the event said, “Those nominated and awarded didn’t just touch us at the event, but are a reminder of the brilliant people across Sussex who do amazing things for their communities every day.”