On The Beat: Introducing our Community Inspector

I would firstly like to introduce myself, my name is Lucy Leadbeater and I am the Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for South Leeds.

I have worked in Leeds District for a 16 years and the majority of my service has been in the East of the city working in various operational roles including working as a Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant covering Harehills and the Inner East area of the city.

For the past year I have worked with Safer Leeds and this role involved supervising and developing police officers who work in schools across the city as well as our Youth Justice Officers and the Strategic Engagement Officers.

My main passion in policing is working with communities through Neighbourhood Policing and I was thrilled when I was successful in applying for this role in March this year.

Since I have started my new role I have been very busy getting to know the different communities and meeting both residents and partners who are working within this area. It has been a real pleasure meeting people and seeing the fantastic work being done each day. I am very much looking forward to continuing to meet people and feel privileged that this is a big part of my role.

One of the big topics that I am asked about at communities meeting is the most appropriate method of contacting the police. There is a lot of information about this on the West Yorkshire Police website however in summary the advice is below:

In an emergency dial 999

For non-emergencies please contact us via 101 or via our 101 live chat system (this can be accessed through the West Yorkshire Police website).

For example:

  • Your car has been stolen
  • Your car has been damaged
  • You wish to report drug dealing
  • To speak about a minor road traffic accident

To speak to police about a general enquiry

There are also other services available through the website such as a Local Crime Checker for updates on a reported crime.
Further information in relation to the above can be found at www.westyorkshire.police.uk

I am very grateful to South Leeds Life for giving me the opportunity to be able to write an article each month highlighting some of the work we have been doing across the communities as well as being able to provide crime prevention and other advice going forward. I look forward to working with you all.


This post was written by Inspector Lucy Leadbeater

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