A TOP West Yorkshire detective has been to Buckingham Palace to be honoured by the Queen.
Det Chief Supt Andy Brennan was at the Palace yesterday to receive the Queen’s Police Medal.
The officer has led many major inquiries in Huddersfield and West Yorkshire – including the hunt for kidnap girl Shannon Matthews.
Det Chief Supt Brennan, head of West Yorkshire’s homicide and major inquiry team, has been commended many times by courts, including his work on the Sarah Mournian murder case in Huddersfield.
He said the award also recognised the efforts of those around him: “Whatever jobs I deal with I have a team of dedicated detectives and support staff around me who deal with all aspects of the investigation.
“We deal with the most challenging and demanding jobs that can be brought to our attention and some are extremely sad and very distressing.
“However, the commitment they have is second to none and inevitably there’s always a figure head – the senior investigating officer – and I’ve been very fortunate to be in that position surrounded by people who are exceptional at what they do.”
Speaking about his conversation with the Queen he added: “She was asking me about some of the more unusual cases including the two police officers shot in 2005 and the disappearance of Shannon Matthews.
“She was keen to know about those two cases and obviously asking what kinds of pressures were on me and the team. She was genuinely interested which was quite nice.”