Alex joined London's Metropolitan Police Force in 1969. During his initial years he served as a Uniformed Police Constable in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. He soon became a Detective and was rapidly employed on Specialist Squads such as the Regional Crime Squad, the Flying Squad and Serious Projects Team. He was trained in surveillance techniques and kept updated in the use of new, constantly emerging technologies. Throughout his thirty years with the Met he was involved in targeting some of the country's highest placed criminals.
On his retirement, he was employed by a specialist private company for several years. During this time, various Police Forces sought his expertise in the viewing of CCTV and surveillance tapes relating to major crimes committed in their Force areas. Then, yearning to return to his native West Sussex, he moved to a small village with his wife near to the coast. It didn't take long for him to join Sussex Police as a civilian employee working at Chichester Police Station.
Now fully retired and no longer able to pass any fitness test he has taken to writing.