Barry Lees joined Lancashire Constabulary as a cadet in 1978. After appointment as a constable in 1980, he performed uniformed patrol duties in Morecambe and Lancaster and experienced several scenes of large scale public disorder including the Toxteth riots and the Miners' strike.

Ten years out of uniform included spells in C.I.D., a Proactive Drugs Team and the Criminal Justice Department, before becoming a Community Beat Manager. In late service he became a Training Officer for newly-appointed constables.

Retiring after a thirty-year career, he studied at the University of Cumbria, graduating with honours and achieving qualified teacher status. He gained further experience as a teacher of English and PE in secondary schools in Lancashire and Cumbria before joining the University of Cumbria as a Lecturer in Policing in 2014. Barry's interests include many sports, in particular Rugby Union, pub quizzes, overseas travel and writing detective novels, several of which have been published on Kindle.