Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers paid tribute to Sir Norman Bettison tonight, saying:
"Sir Norman Bettison has served the public as a police officer with distinctionfor nearly 40 years, and at the rank of chief constable since 1998. At the national level he has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the police service as a whole in cutting crime and keeping the public safe. He has led in a number of national areas such as the development of neighbourhood policing and the police approach to preventing terrorism and violent extremism. His depth of knowledge and experience is highly regarded within the service and he will be a great loss to policing."
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
The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Sir Norman Bettison is to retire in March after growing pressure for him to quit the force.