Yorkshire detective takes on top role at ‘British FBI’

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THE former head of West Yorkshire Police’s murder squad has moved to a senior role at the agency dubbed ‘the British FBI’.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Brennan has this week started his role as Deputy Director of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command at the National Crime Agency.

He was previously head of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team at Yorkshire’s largest police force before taking over its Professional Standards Department, which looks at complaints against police, last year.

Prior to taking over the homicide team, Manchester-born Mr Brennan led the investigations into the murder of Bradford PC Sharon Beshenivsky and the disappearance of Dewsbury schoolgirl Shannon Matthews. The National Crime Agency, which was launched last year, has an annual budget of £500 million and 4,000 officers dealing with the most serious crime in the country.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said he had “known for a while” that Mr Brennan had been given a “top job at the NCA”.

He said: “I don’t think it is a case of Andy wanting to leave. An opportunity has arisen and given his reputation he has been head-hunted.”

He said Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, who will be his replacement as head of PSD “has got a really good track record in major investigations through his time in West Yorkshire”.