PC Jo Kellett – Leeds OSU
Jo is part of the Operational Support Unit
(OSU) based in Leeds. She has been an officer with us for 11
years and loves her job.
Ever wondered if you could scale a railway viaduct to help a
suicidal person, manage a carriage full of rowdy drunk football
fans or search and secure a train station ahead of the Queen’s
visit? Well this girl can!
“I joined BTP in 2006 looking for a career and a challenge. I had
worked in fitness all my life up until then and left my job as a
physical training instructor at Harrogate Army Foundation College
to become a PC at Leeds.
“Joining BTP was all thanks to my grandad. He was a keen train
enthusiast and I travelled all over the country with him from a
very early age. I even remember him falling off platform 8 at Leeds
station and breaking his leg many years ago!”
Jo is also part of the Force’s policing at heights team and for the
past six years has also been a personal safety trainer for BTP,
keeping officers fit and in shape and showing them how to use
batons and handcuffs safely.
“My role is really varied, which is what I love about it. I
can be policing football fans one day, and searching for evidence
in houses or scaling railway bridges the next. I really enjoy
working as part of a team and have built some great bonds and
friendships with colleagues.”
In her spare time Jo plays is a keen runner, and loves the
outdoors, spending many a weekend walking in the Yorkshire
She is also a Trauma Risk Management practitioner, which means she
can provide support and guidance to her peers, and is training to
be a counsellor in her spare time.
“The skills I am learning sit hand in hand with the job that I do.
We deal with a lot of people in crisis who have wide ranging
issues; listening and talking to these vulnerable people and
providing them with support is a key part of being a police
Jo was the first openly gay woman at Leeds station when she joined
the force in 2006.
“The police service is certainly more diverse now in terms of
gender, sexuality and age. It’s not perceived as a male dominated
job like it once was and more women are joining than ever before
which is great news.
“Being a female officer does have its challenges though, sometimes
my presence can diffuse a situation, other times people might
not like being told what to do by a woman but I soon change that!