Cop’s Iraqi exploits

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Blatchly with Iraqi generals from the High Electoral Security Committee

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Blatchly with Iraqi generals from the High Electoral Security Committee

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A senior policeman has returned from Iraq having spent a year offering advice to forces in the war-torn country.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Blatchly worked with the United Nations to support Iraqi police.

He met with Saddam Hussein’s ex-cabinet and had to be evacuated from Bagdad after an ISIS threat.

He said: “I can only describe working in Iraq as policing with a very different sort of pressure. It has really bolstered my professional skills and competencies.”

Mr Blatchly now joins the UN as chief of mission management in New York.