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.

PC Jo Kellert

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 Dales.

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 officer.

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! “