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RAF Police stories from Operation PITTING

RAF Police woman standing.

Over fifty RAF Police personnel from across the Force Protection Force deployed on Operation PITTING in August 2021.

Throughout the deployment their role was to ensure the safe return of vulnerable passengers who were eligible for relocation to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy.

RAF Police and Working Dogs disembark from carrier aircraft.

Officer Commanding 1 Tactical Police Squadron, Di Bird shares her personal, very moving experience with us.

Di tells us about her role as a problem solver, from finding a terminal building that could be used to looking after unaccompanied minors.  Throughout this time the most important thing for her and her team was to treat everyone with respect and dignity – most of the passengers were scared which put an incredible amount of emotional stress on everyone

RAF Police disembark from carrier aircraft.

Flight Sergeant Crook who has been in the RAF for over 23 years and Corporal Jones who joined the RAF a year share their experiences with us.  Two different perspectives but both feeling the same sense of achievement.  Officer Commanding RAF Police Flight at RAF Brize Norton also tells about the her equally important role that she played back in the UK.

RAF Police from 1 Tactical Police Squadron, 7 Air Mobility Squadron’s Aviation Security Flight, and 15 Squadron RAF Regiment Tactical Police Flight returned from Operation PITTING with an overwhelming sense of achievement that they helped 15,000.00 people to safety and they can be very proud of the part that they played.

Personnel looks in bag with Afghan refugee.

Officer Commanding RAF Police at RAF Brize Norton, Flight Lieutenant Smith shares her experience since joining the RAF.

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