A POLICE officer is swapping the beat of Calderdale for Kabul.

Supt Stan Bates, who joined Calderdale Division as head of operations nearly three years ago, will fly out to Afghanistan next month to assist those who police the Republic.

He is being deployed by the Stabilisation Unit, the UK Government’s centre of expertise in helping fragile countries recover from conflict.

Supt Bates said: “I will be working with the Afghan Civil Police with the aim of establishing sustainable and effective civilian policing arrangements under Afghan ownership and in accordance with international standards.

“By assisting the Afghan people to achieve security in their own territory we will ultimately make the UK a safer place.”

Supt Bates joined West Yorkshire Police in 1985 and led the Child and Public Protection department for four years.