Temporary South Yorkshire chief steps down from post – 24 hours after taking over
The temporary South Yorkshire Police chief constable has stepped down from her post tonight – just 24 hours after being handed the role.
South Yorkshire Police has been plunged into further chaos tonight by the departure of Dawn Copley from the temporary chief constable role.
She was put in the post on Wednesday afternoon after David Crompton was suspended with immediate effect over his handling of the Hillsborough inquests and verdicts.
But it emerged today Ms Copley, who responsibilities at South Yorkshire Police included being part of the ‘external enquiries team’ involved with issues relating to Hillsborough, Orgreave and the child sexual exploitation scandal, had been the subject of a misconduct investigation related to her time at Greater Manchester Police.
South Yorkshire Police chief to stand down over criticism
The officer appointed to stand in as head of South Yorkshire Police is to stand down after facing criticism.
Deputy Chief Constable Dawn Copley will return to her substantive role while another candidate is sought, police and crime commissioner Alan Billings said.
Mrs Copley was made chief after the suspension of David Crompton following the Hillsborough inquests.
She had been investigated over her conduct with another force.
Dr Billings said Mrs Copley did not want “any further negative publicity or criticism to be levelled at the force” and would step down “in the interests of the force and the workforce”.
“Mrs Copley will need to stay in post for a very short period of time to deal with pressing matters but, at her request, this will be for the shortest possible period.”
New South Yorkshire Police crisis: Replacement boss quits on first day amid ‘corrupt practice’ probe
The acting chief constable of South Yorkshire Police, who yesterday replaced David Crompton following the Hillsborough inquest findings, has offered to step down after it emerged her conduct at a previous force was being investigated.
South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings said Deputy Chief Constable Dawn Copley had “offered to step back to her substantive role” on Thursday night while another candidate was sought.
“Rotten to the core,” Andy Burnham
Time now for Alan Billings to consider his position, I would have thought?