The West Yorkshire Police Authority say that Sir Norman Bettison has made the 'right decision' in retiring. He's currently under investigation by the police watchdog after a complaint he gave misleading information about the Hillsborough disaster.
– Mark Burns-Williamson West Yorkshire Police Authority chairman
In all the circumstances and after due consideration, we think this is the right decision for retirement in March 2013.
The bottom line has to be what is best for policing in West Yorkshire.
Sir Norman has clearly taken that into consideration and already declared his intent to work with the IPCC investigation following the recent referral by the Police Authority.
Sir Norman Bettison has been a very valued and effective chief constable. West Yorkshire is much the better for his leadership over the past six years or so."