A plaque honouring Inspector Morse was unveiled yesterday at a police station in the city where the fictional character was based.
Colin Dexter, author of the Morse novels, attended St Aldates police station in Oxford, to formally uncover the tribute.
The Jaguar car used in the TV drama by the late actor John Thaw, who played Morse, was at the event.
Also attending were two Thames Valley police dogs, called Morse and Lewis, the name of the inspector's sidekick.
Superintendent Jim Trotman, of the force's Oxford branch, said: "Inspector Morse may have been fictional, however, the link with St Aldates police station is extremely strong and a part of the fabric of the city. I am proud to see that the station we work from is not only commemorated in the books and films, but also by the new plaque."