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Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police steps down amid child exploitation criticism

David Crompton has been with the force for 31 years. Credit: PA

The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, David Crompton, has announced he is to step down following criticism that handling of child sexual exploitation by his force was "inadequate".

It follows a review which criticised the force's handling of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal.

The independent review was commissioned in the wake of the Jay Report, which found at least 1,400 girls were abused in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

It said police handling of sexual exploitation in South Yorkshire was "inadequate", and that attempts to alert senior officers to the issue had fallen on "deaf ears".

Following the announcement, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings paid tribute to David Crompton's service.

He’s done 31 years and feels the time has come to retire. He was very clear when I saw him. He feels he has done his bit - he’s a relatively young man and there are other things to do in life.”

It’s a very pressurised job, probably one of the most pressurised of jobs in the country so I don’t blame him for going.

The unique thing about South Yorkshire Police is that we’ve had all the challenges other forces are coping with in relation to austerity and balancing the books but we’ve also had not one but a number of high profile, very emotive issues that have had to be dealt with.

Many would have buckled under the strain of just one of these but to carry on with the strain of all these things has been quite a challenge.

All credit to the chief constable that he has remained strong throughout that time when a lot of people would have simply given up and walked away.

– Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner