Catriona Laing

Catriona Laing

British Ambassador to Zimbabwe

22nd May 2012 Harare, Zimbabwe

TRAINING AFGHAN POLICE IN HELMAND PROVINCE

Photo by Sergeant Andy Reddy RLC

WELSH, English and Gurkha soldiers are working with Afghan policemen and women to teach the skills needed for work on the streets of Afghanistan.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Welsh Guards, The Light Dragoons, the 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment (The Vikings) and the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment are responsible for mentoring and assisting the Afghan instructors who are teaching new recruits and seasoned veterans of the Afghan Uniformed Police and the Afghan Border Police.

Having taken over this role from the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment in April, the troops are based in the Lashkar Gah Training Centre in the provincial capital of Helmand and will continue training and mentoring the Afghan National Police during their six months tour of duty.

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Photo credit to read – Corporal Andy Reddy RLC

Email: andyreddy@mediaops.army.mod.uk
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About Catriona Laing

I was born in Cardiff but brought up in South London. I studied economics and joined the civil service through the Government Economic Service after 2.5 years working for the…

I was born in Cardiff but brought up in South London. I studied
economics and joined the civil service through the Government Economic
Service after 2.5 years working for the Government of Botswana as an
infrastructure economist.
I was posted to Kenya to advise on the government’s development
programmes in East Africa, and then seconded to the United Nations
Mission in Somalia heading the UN Development Office.
I spent five years working for Prime Minister Tony Blair in his
strategy unit, and was later posted to head the DFID office in Sudan
running a £116 million programme and addressing the drivers of conflict.
Most recently I have been working for the Ministry of Justice to
establish the new international function with responsibility for
European and international justice.
I live with my partner – Clive Bates and our Sudanese dog – in
Balham. My hobbies are yoga, dog and mountain walking and cooking.