Barry retired in April 2012 after 30 years police service. Having started his career on the Wigan Division, he spent several years on the Divisional Traffic Department before moving to the Force Helicopter as an Air Observer. From here Barry was subsequently promoted and spent time in the Communications Branch as a Control Room supervisor, before moving to the forces then Civil Litigation Department.
Towards the end of his career Barry managed GMP's Occupational Checks Unit where his department received acknowledgement from the Home Office, ACPO, and the then Criminal Records Bureau for their performance and hard work.
He has been supporting GMP Band for almost 20 years, and now manages the band's engagements, logistics and runs the Big Band.