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Hillsborough cop to retire

West Yorkshire Police chief constable Sir Norman Bettison is to retire in the aftermath of the report into the Hillsborough disaster. The police watchdog has received a referral from his police authority over his briefing after the tragedy.

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Police authority: Bettison was successful leader

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.

We have had some discussion about the chief constable's possible retirement date and succession planning, but hadn't reached any firm agreement.

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.

– West Yorkshire Police Authority chairman Mark Burns-Williamson

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