Retired police officer from Calderdale receives New Year’s honour

Detective Chief Superintendent Howard Crowther
Detective Chief Superintendent Howard Crowther

A retired senior police officer from Calderdale has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.

Detective Chief Superintendent Howard Crowther, who is orignially from Sowerby Bridge and one of West Yorkshire Police’s most successful and innovative senior investigators, have been awarded a Queen’s Police Medal.

He served with West Yorkshire Police for more than 34 years and created a legacy of innovative and pro-active criminal investigations.

“I was very surprised, honoured and proud to receive the Queen’s award,” he said.

“I always regarded myself as fortunate that I had a career which I enjoyed and felt comfortable. Policing gave you interesting daily challenges that you constantly had to adjust to. My view is that, it is a career that you definitely get out of it what you put in, particularly the effort outside work time.

“Probably the prevention of serious crimes ever occurring gave me as much pleasure as the detections. Much of my work never reached the public domain because by taking pro-active steps a serious crime never happened. To me that is successful policing. If it does happen however, then do your best to detect who did it.

“You are only as good though as the team around you, that is the key to success and delivery. I have been fortunate to work with excellent colleagues and friends who were prepared to put in tremendous effort, to arrest and deal with the murderers, armed robbers, drug gangs, child abusers and countless burglars being a plague on society.

“The award recognises the commitment and support of my family. They had to endure the countless out of office hours calls.”