Get to know your Fed reps: Cath Cook

Sergeant Cath Cook brings 25 years’ worth of experience in CID and uniform to her role as Dyfed Powys Police Federation workplace representative.

Now in her second spell as a rep, Cath says that experience is invaluable to her role of helping and supporting her colleagues.

“I put myself forward as a rep because I felt I had something to give and I like helping to ensure everyone has a fair chance,” she said.

“I bring to the role my previous experience at working in both CID and uniform, the fact I have acted to inspector and I’m aware of the problems for management.

“I’m known as a fair person and officers are happy to speak to me about matters in confidence.”

Cath Cook is in her second spell as a Fed rep

Cath, who is currently a custody sergeant, started her police career in 1997 in Ceredigion before moving to Powys.

Her advice for new officers joining the Force is to “enjoy it”.

“If you’re not then consider what you want,” she said, “It’s a hard job and very rewarding, but you need to want to do it.”

Cath was a rep from 2000 to 2013 but then couldn’t make meetings so had to give it up. But she returned to the role again in 2017.

“I enjoy helping officers,” she said, “I find it rewarding ensuring that officers have a fair opportunity and that officers who are struggling get the help to improve.”

But Cath said there are challenges in the role as well as rewards.

“It’s been a challenge trying to keep up with the Covid rule changes,” she said, “And it is hard to ensure officers are aware they have the opportunity for Federation representation and see me after meeting with management.

“The challenges facing the police service in general are low morale, low pay, increased workload, a lack of political support, and a lack of understanding of what policing is about by the public.”