A POLICE control room resembled an army outpost when a regiment took over as part of their preparations for Afghanistan.

Officers and soldiers of the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment from Catterick Garrison spent a day training at North Yorkshire Police’s Control Room as they prepare for deployment to Afghanistan.

The soldiers demonstrated the skills of coordinating a resource to emergency incidents through immersive training.

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Whilst the deployment to Kabul will be a second return in as many years for the regiment, it will be the first operational deployment for some of their officers who said the chance to learn first-hand from the force how emergency information is received, interpreted and deployed was regarded as ‘an opportunity not to be missed’.

Major Andy Lucas served during the last deployment to Afghanistan and said: “Today is a follow up to a visit I made in June when I was immediately impressed by how calm the Operations Room was in response to handling multiple 999 calls. This is an important lesson that I want to convey to our team before we deploy and have to do this for real."