► PC Jennifer Leach

Jennifer Leach is 23. She’s been with BTP for five years, three of those were spent as a Special Constable at Preston before moving to Manchester 18 months ago.

After studying for a foundation degree in Policing at the University of Central Lancashire where she learnt more about the Force, she Jennifer enrolled as a Special.

"Before my course I knew little about BTP. Until you get into the role, you don't realise just how much is actually involved. You're a teacher, social worker, counsellor and police officer all in one.

“Just recently we had two very young children brought up to the office – we looked after them, fed them and put them to sleep in makeshift beds. It was so rewarding knowing that in such a short space of time they were happy and safe. It's a side to policing that many people don't know about."

Jen Leach


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In just 18 months PC Leach has developed a wide range of skills. An important part of her role is to visit bereaved families after the death of a loved one, something that she feels great responsibility for.

“I want to do it in the most sensitive way, I’d rather it was me to break such awful news. I want to be there for them in the best way I can and really make a difference.”

She’s also forged crucial relationships with contacts in Social Services and regularly works with them to discuss safeguarding of vulnerable teenagers using the railway.

PC Leach certainly has the right attitude for the job – brimming with enthusiasm, she explains: ‘I just love it – every day is different and I love a challenge. I want to try everything. At BTP if you put yourself out there you’ll go far.

“I’ve never looked back since joining – every step of the way I’ve felt 100 per cent supported.

“With BTP you can travel all over the country – it’s a very forward looking force with a young outlook. If you look for opportunities you’ll certainly find them here. There’s so much more to BTP than meets the eye – I’d encourage anyone who’s considering a career in policing to go for it and find out for themselves.”

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