Leanne Broadhead – Police Community Support Officer
PCSOs are always on foot – ‘on the ground’ – so are often people’s first point of contact with police, helping people with issues like low-level crime, such as anti-social behaviour, car crime and criminal damage. They are trained in First Aid and security advice, so can go to people’s homes, do assessments, and advise people on how to improve their security.
Leanne, whose beat covers Bramley, Stanningley and Rodley, enjoys meeting people, working in the community and building up relationships. She pops in to schools, old people’s homes and community centres, and is a regular visitor at the Bramley Elderly Action drop-in, at our office on Stanningley Road.
Leanne says older people are always particularly friendly and helpful. They’re more likely than younger people to be involved in a local neighbourhood watch, and more likely to be home during the day, and see what’s going on.
Leanne and her colleagues often pop in to see older people who have been burgled, to offer reassurance and have a chat, to help them feel safer and less isolated. She lets them know what’s going on in the community, and where else they can get help.
“It’s important that they know
we’re here to help,
so they’re never stuck.”
Leanne’s a big football fan – Man Utd, we’ll say quietly – and used to play for a local team. But the shift patterns of 8, 9 or 10 hours, with up to 7 days on in a row, make it difficult to commit to matches. She also keeps fit, which is vital for her job.
And the one thing Leanne doesn’t like about the job? “Winter – when it’s cold and horrible and you’re out for hours freezing to death!”. That’s when the friendly cups of tea are really valuable.
Leanne is based at Pudsey Police Station. She is one of 11 PCSOs on the beat in Bramley, alongside Adrian, Dan, Gareth, Gavin, Jonathan, Kal, Laura, Matthew and Richard and Sharon.
Contacting the police
- Emergencies – phone 999
- Non-emergencies – if you’ve witnessed a crime, for example, phone 101
- To have a chat with Leanne or one of her colleagues – 0113 2414 999
Home safety and security – you can also get help and advice from: