Alan joined Dorset Police as a Cadet and progressed to a constable in 1979. He served as a uniform constable in various police stations across the county and was promoted to Sergeant and became a Traffic Patrol supervisor.
Later in his career he became a police trainer and was involved in a wide range of training roles including recruit training and leadership training. He was the Team Leader responsible for delivering the Initial Police Development Programme at Bournemouth Police Station.
Alan graduated in 2012 from Southampton University with an Honours degree in Post Compulsory Education and Training. He is also a qualified Gym Instructor and has an interest in a range of outdoor activities.