CARING policeman Dave Halliday is the toast of a Hartlepool school for the way he helps students to get the utmost out of life.
The police sergeant is held in high esteem at Dyke House Sports and Technology College where he deals with career and citizenship events.
For the last five years, he has promoted citizenship and help youngsters to find out more about a career in the police force.
The school’s careers development officer Susan Sheldrick said: “He is fantastic and the kids love him. He never misses coming in.
“Whenever we do careers events with local organisations, we usually have someone there from Cleveland Police. He is always there, even if he has to move his shifts around.
“He has an excellent rapport with the students who always respond very well to his approach.”
His excellent work has gained PC Halliday a nomination in the emergency services section of the Pride of Hartlepool awards.
Susan added: “He is a great asset to our school and it would be good to see him recognised for the voluntary and charity work that he does.”
Dave, a police sergeant working on the integrated neighbourhood team in Hartlepool, said: “I would feel humbled if I won. I just see it as giving a bit back to the community.
“It would reflect on all the neighbourhood officers who work in the community. I would be accepting the award on behalf of all of them if I won.”
He praised the school’s system for preparing pupils for adult life and said: “It is a cracking environment.”
He becomes the latest entrant in this year’s Pride of Hartlepool competition which has attracted some fantastic entrants.
Ten categories are open for entries and they are Sporting Achievement; Community Group; Community Champion; Student of the Year; Fundraiser of the Year; Child of Courage; Local Hero; Green Champion; Emergency Services and Young Performer of the Year.
The deadline for the awards has now been extended so that people have until early April to put forward their favourites.
To enter, fill in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail, below, or visit www.hartlepool.mail.co.uk and complete the online entry form.