WEST Yorkshire's Chief Constable received the Queen's Police Medal in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Colin Cramphorn travelled to London to collect the medal with his family.
He said: "I was honoured to receive the QPM on thoroughly enjoyable day.
"I take it as recognition of the excellent work carried out by all West Yorkshire officers and staff.
"Most people take the police for granted, but every day they put their safety - and sometimes their lives - on the line for the people of West Yorkshire.
"These are ordinary people doing extraordinary jobs and I am proud to be their chief constable."
Mr Cramphorn became West Yorkshire Chief Constable in November, 2002.
He was previously Deputy Chief Constable of Northern Ireland for four years.
Mr Cramphorn has an LLB from King's College, London, and an MSc in human resource management from Salford University.
He is a member of the Institute of Business Ethics, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.