The Leeds Tribune honors a Leeds first responder from the Leeds Police Department and Leeds Fire & Rescue each month.
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For February, we honor Sgt. Jacob Scott.
Sgt. Jacob Scott
Leeds Police Department
For the past five years, Sgt. Jacob Scott has worked as a detective and investigated felony crimes. Before that, he was on patrol for seven years.
“Working here as a detective is exciting. When on patrol, you get to know everybody in Leeds, then you develop relationships on the street, and you start caring about the people out here. Then you get on the investigation side of it. That’s when you investigate the crimes and get to dig into them further,” Scott said.
Scott enjoyed being on patrol, but he loves being able to investigate crimes and being on the detective side of thing. He also specifically appreciates serving in Leeds.
“Leeds is an exciting place to be a police officer because there’s always something to do. You’re never just sitting back. It’s a small town so you get to know everybody. When you walk the streets, citizens say, ‘Hey, Officer Scott,’ you get more smiles and appreciation,” Scott said. “That just makes my day.”
Sgt. Scott doesn’t mind putting himself in dangerous spots to protect the citizens of Leeds.
“We have to put ourselves on the line, and when the citizens see you and respect you and say thank you, man, that’s just the greatest. I like the fact I’m appreciated. It keeps you motivated,” Scott said.
Sgt. Scott studied criminology in Florida and moved to Leeds after college, and he encourages other policemen to join the department.