PC Cath Daley

PC Cath Daley is part of our Operational Support Unit in the North West, based at Warrington.

She has been with British Transport Police for 25 years and is still as passionate about the job a quarter of a century on as she was the day she started.

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After leaving school at 16, mum-of-one Cath, 46, became a pharmacy technician at a hospital while on day release to her local college studying pharmaceutical sciences.

Since she was a child she’d always harboured an ambition to join the police force.

Cath said: “Our house used to back on to the old police training camp so I grew up watching the new recruits marching to the brass band. I’d always wanted to join the police and this never went away, even when I was working at the hospital. As time went on I realised my ambition was stronger than ever.

“The husband of a friend who was a police officer recommended joining as a Special to see if I liked the job and, more importantly, if the job liked me. I loved it and took to it straight away – it was a bit of an eye opener as I was only 21, but for me it secured the fact that this was what I was meant to do. It’s also where I met my husband as he was a Special Constable at the time too.

“From the outside BTP seemed liked a very familiar Force back then – colleagues seemed very close and it felt very much like the Force worked as a team. After 15 weeks of intensive training I received my handbag and wooden truncheon and my career with BTP began.”


After spending 19 years as part of the response team at Liverpool she went on to join the Operational Support Unit five years ago. It was in this role that she first became interested in training as a rope operative as part of the Policing at Heights team – a specialist unit with a head for heights that tackles complex searches and recovery.

Cath said: “When I was asked if I was any good with heights I knew very little about the work of the team. Despite the highly skilled nature of the job there’s no requirement to have any kind of background in climbing or ropes or anything like that – in fact while some do, trainers prefer to work with a blank canvas which is what they got with me.”

Now fully qualified, Cath has taken part in a rooftop search of Birmingham New Street, no mean feat given its domed roof; helped other police forces with complex body recovery from bridges and railway embankments, and carried out firearms and drugs searches.

She is also qualified as a blue light response driver, a public order carrier driver, is fully-trained in method of entry, glass entry qualified, public order trained and search qualified.

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