South Yorkshire police chief’s time at the helm dogged by controversy

South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton
South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton

Suspended South Yorkshire Chief Constable David Crompton’s time at the helm has been plagued by controversy.

Taking over in 2012 from his predecessor Med Hughes, the under-fire police chief has had to deal with a number of high-profile issues, which began with the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report into all the Hillsborough disaster files held by organisations for over two decades.

The panel reviewed and made public the files and its findings, including evidence of a police cover up to shift blame for the disaster away from South Yorkshire Police.

It prompted Chf Con Crompton to issue his first apology on behalf of the force just months into his new role.

He was also forced to deal with the disclosure of the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham, involving the abuse of 1,400 children over 16 years while those in authority, including South Yorkshire Police, turned a blind eye.

A fresh campaign for an inquiry into police actions at the ‘Battle of Orgreave’ during the 1984 national Miners’ Strike was also called for during his time at the helm.

And more recently he was forced to appear before MPs to discuss a raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s home, which was broadcast on national TV after it emerged that South Yorkshire Police struck a deal with the BBC.

Officers searched the entertainer’s home as part of an investigation into an allegation of a sexual assault on a teenage boy.

Mr Crompton has been a police officer for 31 years.

From 2004 to 2012 he served as both Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable in West Yorkshire.

He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2010.