Kent police officer in training role in Afghanistan

Ch Insp Martin Cunningham
Image caption Ch Insp Martin Cunningham has served with Kent Police for 21 years

A senior Kent police officer is spending a year in Afghanistan to help train the police force in the country.

Ch Insp Martin Cunningham will train officers and support staff in communication and leadership skills.

Mr Cunningham, who was in the Army for nine years before joining Kent Police, will fly out later this month to join the European Union police mission.

He said his family was concerned about the risks involved but it was a "once-in-a-lifetime experience".

"It's a totally new post, so there's a lot of pressure and scrutiny, but it's an exciting opportunity to put my stamp on something unique and historic.

"I know I can't change the world but I like to think that I can make a positive difference in some small way," he added.

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