Decision to suspend chief constable was perverse

Queen’s Bench Division

Published: June 27, 2017

Regina (Crompton) v Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire

Before Lord Justice Sharp and Mr Justice Garnham

[2017] EWHC 1349 (Admin)

Judgment June 9, 2017

The proper test to be applied by a police and crime commissioner, when considering whether to suspend a chief constable or ask him to resign, was to ask whether the chief constable had acted outside the range of reasonable responses available to a chief constable.

The divisional court of the Queen’s Bench Division so held when allowing a claim for judicial review by the claimant, David Crompton, who had been chief constable of South Yorkshire, of the decision of the defendant, Alan Billings, police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire, to suspend the claimant and subsequently to require him to resign, pursuant to section 38 of the Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011, after a statement the chief constable made after the inquest verdicts into the deaths of 96 people killed in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster had been returned.

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2 thoughts on “Decision to suspend chief constable was perverse

  1. It does not need the QBD to tell us what we already know: Billings screwed up and he has not got the courage or moral fibre to admit he made an unlawful decision.
    Time for him to go.


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