Thousands of signatures are calling for Sir Norman Bettison's retirement to be delayed.
The families of Hillsborough victims have welcomed the decision to retire by a top police officer who criticised Liverpool fans
Sir Norman Bettison's retirement as West Yorkshire's Chief Constable comes after an investigation into his role in the Hillsborough tragedy
– Mark Gilmore, Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police
"The allegations made against two other Police Forces and the material we have found in connection with the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry raise significant issues of not just public confidence and trust, but also public interest.
"In the interests of openness and transparency I have today referred this matter to the IPCC so that an independent body can assess these matters so that the public can have full confidence in any outcome. West Yorkshire Police will co-operate fully with the IPCC and assist in any way we can to get to the truth".
Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has released the following statement about Sir Norman Bettison.
"I have become aware of three documents following a thorough search requested by West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Mark Gilmore. These documents raise significant concerns over the role of Sir Norman Bettison at the time he was Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police in 1998 in commissioning a report to be prepared in the respect of a key witness appearing before the Macpherson Inquiry.
"This may suggest an attempt to intervene in the course of a public inquiry and influence the manner in which the testimony of a witness, who was due to present evidence before it, was received. I have today referred this to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
"This is a matter which needs to be thoroughly investigated, and if wrongdoing is demonstrated those responsible must face the consequences of their actions.
"Doreen Lawrence and her family need their treatment by the police service reviewed independently and this must be done as a matter of urgency.
– Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
"I am sure the IPCC will do the same for these separate issues of concern indicating possible corrupt practices around the Macpherson Inquiry. I am now seeking an urgent meeting with the Home Secretary.
"Wider issues of any institutional racism in the police service may need to be tackled with a standalone inquiry but my referral today is to make sure we understand the truth regarding the conduct of Sir Norman Bettison. I welcome the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire rightly and swiftly recognising the seriousness of this issue and dealing with it in an open and transparent way. "
Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson says West Yorkshire Police have found documents which raise concerns into Sir Norman's role at the time he was Assistant Chief Constable of the force in 1998.
A report was commissioned into the background of a key witness due to appear before the inquiry when it sat in Bradford.
It comes after recent allegations that police officers tried to smear the family of race murder victim Stephen Lawrence prompting the Home Office ask police forces to review their involvement with the enquiry. Sir Norman's solicitor told ITV that he would not be commenting on the referral.
The former Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, Sir Norman Bettison, has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
It is part of an investigation into a suggestion that he may have tried to influence the way the testimony of a witness who was due to give evidence to the Stephen Lawrence Enquiry was received.
The chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group has reacted to the IPCC's finding that former West Yorkshire police chief Sir Norman Bettison "has a case to answer" for his actions in the wake of the Hillsborough report.
Margaret Aspinall, who lost her 18-year-old son, James, in the disaster, said it was "another step on the road to justice" for the 96 victims.
"In the IPCC's own words, this was gross misconduct and, in my mind, that is a very serious offence and the fact that he resigned should not mean that this report is the end of it"
"We want to see him stripped of his honours - his knighthood and his Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University.
"I believe he resigned to protect his pension and his behaviour has shown he is not deserving of that pension."
The chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, Jon Christopher, told Calendar:
"Clearly Sir Norman is no longer a serving officer. It is now open to the public debate to see what, if anything, can be done against him if that's the will of the public."
"It was the IPCC's view at the start of the investigation, as it was the view of his Police Authority, that Sir Norman's actions, if proven, fell so far short of what is expected of a Chief Constable that dismissal would be justified.
"The evidence uncovered during the investigation supports that view".
West Yorkshire Police will hold interviews today for a new Chief Constable.
Sir Norman Bettison resigned last year, saying an inquiry into his role after the Hillsborough tragedy was "a distraction" to the force.
The search for a new chief constable for West Yorkshire moves on today two months after Sir Norman Bettison resigned over the Hillsborough scandal. The county's new Police and Crime Commissioner will hold talks about finding a permanent replacement.
The West Yorkshire Police Authority meets in full for the first time today since Sir Norman Bettison announced he was resigning as Chief Constable.
He had previously said he would retire in 2013, but following speculation about his involvement in the Hillsborough tragedy he said he would step down.
he South Yorkshire Police Authority are also meeting for the final time before a new Police and Crime Commissioner is appointed.