Dr Alan Billings, has made his decision to call for Chief Constable David Crompton to resign, with immediate effect

At the conclusion of a lengthy statutory process, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, has made his decision to call for Chief Constable David Crompton to resign, with immediate effect.

Mr Crompton was suspended by the Police and Crime Commissioner on 27 April this year, following a statement he made the day after the jury gave its verdicts at the end of the Hillsborough inquests.

On 26 April, the jury concluded that the 96 who died at Hillsborough were unlawfully killed and the football supporters did not cause or contribute to their deaths. The Chief Constable apologised on behalf of the force. Those who heard the apology thought it was not only for what had happened in the past but also for questions that were asked by the Chief Constable’s legal team at the inquests which touched on fan behaviour and caused the families distress.

Read on… http://www.southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/News-and-Events/News/2016/September/South-Yorkshire-Police-and-Crime-Commissioner-Calls-for-the-Removal-of-Chief-Constable-David-Crompton.aspx

Police commissioner tells chief constable: Quit now

POLICE commissioner Alan Billings has called on suspended chief constable David Crompton to resign with immediate effect.

Mr Crompton was suspended on April 27 this year over his conduct in representing South Yorkshire Police at the Hillsborough inquests.

His apology after the unlawful killing verdicts sought to justify the force’s heavy questioning during the hearings, which caused victims’ families distress.

Read on… http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/104638/police-commissioner-tells-chief-constable-quit-now.aspx

South Yorkshire police chief ‘must quit now’ over Hillsborough statement, demands his boss

THE FALLOUT from the verdicts on the 1989 Hillsborough disaster appeared tonight to have cost South Yorkshire’s most senior policeman his job, after the county’s crime tsar demanded his immediate resignation.

David Crompton’s position as chief constable had seemed increasingly shaky since earlier this month, when the area’s Police and Crime Panel recommended his retirement or resignation.

Mr Crompton was suspended in April from his £162,000-a-year post, following a statement he issued in the days after the conclusion of the inquests, in which he seemed to go back on an earlier apology issued in 2012 about Britain’s worst sporting disaster, by seeking to focus on the behaviour of Liverpool supporters.

Read on… http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/south-yorkshire-police-chief-must-quit-now-over-hillsborough-statement-demands-his-boss-1-8155603

South Yorkshire Police chief David Crompton in legal bid over resignation

The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police will take legal action over the decision to ask him to resign.

David Crompton was suspended by Dr Alan Billings, the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), after the Hillsborough inquest verdicts in April.

He said Mr Crompton had led a force that put “its own reputation first before considering victims”.

Mr Crompton said the PCC’s resignation call, announced earlier, was “fundamentally wrong”.

He said: “I will shortly be commencing judicial review proceedings in the High Court in order to challenge him.”

Dr Billings said the force needed a new start under new leadership.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-37508853

Police chief suspended over Hillsborough to challenge commissioner in court

South Yorkshire chief constable David Crompton has responded to his forced removal by his police and crime commissioner (PCC) by saying he will challenge the decision in the courts.

Mr Crompton was suspended by PCC Alan Billings in April following a statement the chief made the day after the end of the Hillsborough inquests.

Read on…  http://www.southyorkshiretimes.co.uk/news/national/police-chief-suspended-over-hillsborough-to-challenge-commissioner-in-court-1-8155653

10 thoughts on “Dr Alan Billings, has made his decision to call for Chief Constable David Crompton to resign, with immediate effect

  1. In view of Sir Thomas Wynsor’s opinion having been ignored questions will inevitably be asked about what legal advice Dr Billings obtained to start this process and also to go against the opinion and advice of Sir Thomas.
    Similar questions will also have to be asked about what independent legal advice the members of the PCP requested and were given both once they were informed that the scrutiny process had begun and in the light of Sir Thomas’ views.
    One can only hope that this was not a question of Labour PCP members falling into line and simply doing as they were told. If it was a case of the PCP rubber stamping Dr Billings then the South Yorkshire authorities had better start budgeting for the High Court Actions and damages that they will be paying out.


  2. I think Dr Billings has made absolutely the correct decision.

    I simply don’t understand those who suggest that Billings should also resign. On what basis? For what reason?

    It is clear that the procedures for taking disciplinary action against a Chief Constable are not just complex, but a legal minefield. That is Theresa May’s responsibility.

    But the biggest issue concerns the Police Inspectorate.

    Why should anyone have any trust in the Chief Inspector’s views when the inspectorate has been getting it so badly wrong?

    It wasn’t the Inspectorate that revealed Crompton’s poor leadership performance. It was the Reviews commissioned by Billings and the new Chief Constable.


  3. Crompton is due to retire in about 8 weeks time but whether he leaves immediately, following orders from Billings, his generous pension will not be affected. People once employed in the public sector including Child Snatcher Thacker, failed ex leader Lakin, disgraced ex Monitoring Officer Collins and fraudster McShane all have (part) publicly funded pensions and that is probably the cause of most of the dissent. When highly paid ex public employees are forced to quit their jobs (aka fired) their loss of employment is cushioned by a sizeable pension fund that (usually) cannot be subject to any financial penalties.
    No matter what their actions have cost the public purse people like those mentioned above really don’t give a hoot. And they can afford to ignore the brouhaha surrounding them.


  4. I watched our PCC on the news tonight. All that is being said by him is that “he must resign”. Why must he resign ?. If he has done wrong then sack him, obviously this is all part of the game to string it out till his retirement. Funny but at the time of his suspension, it was widely touted that he was suspended in order not to have any problems in the run up to the PCC`s re-election. Its funny, because he never mentioned this in his interview.
    Yet again no one held to account for anything.
    I do hope Compton goes to court and wins, I would like to watch the PCC explain the Compensation he is going pay and explain why we the tax payers will have to contribute.


  5. Yet another incident which demonstrates that SYP is no longer fit for purpose and should be merged with a neighbouring force. If it were to be taken over by West Yorkshire then it would simply recreate the old West Riding County Constabulary and save the cost of the PCC and management team.


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