Sir Norman Bettison has said: "Recent weeks have caused me to reflect on what is best for the future of policing in West Yorkshire." He will retire in March 2013.
But he is bullish: "The record of my leadership of West Yorkshire Police will speak for itself. Crime is down and public confidence is up."
The families of Hillsborough victims welcomed the retirement Sir Norman Bettison, who criticised Liverpool fans in the wake of the disaster.
Steve Kelly believed his brother Michael died shortly after the crush at Hillsborough began. Now documents suggest that was not the case.
The police chief that the Hillsborough victims' families believe smeared their loved ones has exclusively told ITV News he is 'not ashamed.'