Alec retired as Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary in late 2018, after serving for over 32 years in three police forces.
Alec has extensive operational and strategic policing experience and was the national lead for specialist policing operations for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, overseeing the police use of firearms, roads policing, public order, stop and search, police aviation, police dogs and joint emergency services response.
During Alec’s policing career, he dealt with a number of high-profile incidents in both uniform and criminal investigation roles. He was the senior investigating officer (SIO) for a number of murders and major crime investigations, during which he was responsible for setting the communication strategy, engaging with the media as well as conducting media interviews.
He has led the police response to public disorder following football matches and public protests, including the widespread civil disturbances in 2011 following the police shooting of Mark Duggan in London.
Alec is an experienced chair of multi-agency boards, including MAPPA, Local Resilience Forums and Criminal Justice Boards.
He is a presenter on the national police communicators course, a role he particularly enjoys and one in which his experience in crisis and critical incident management is of huge benefit to delegates.
Now he has left the Police service, Alec is specialising in providing crisis management and communication training in the UK and internationally.