Chief ‘honoured’ to take top job

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THE new chief of South Yorkshire Police says he is ‘privileged’ to take the role.

David Crompton has been appointed chief constable.

The current deputy chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, who started his police career in Greater Manchester in 1985, takes over from Med Hughes, who retired in October after seven years at the helm.

The 48-year-old, whose start date has not yet been confirmed, said: “It is an honour and privilege to become chief constable of South Yorkshire Police, a force which has a fantastic reputation.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the force through a significant transitional period for policing across the UK. We will have to manage the reduction in our budgets, changes to our partner agencies and the impact this will have on communities across South Yorkshire.

“A lot of work has been undertaken to ensure crime is at its lowest for more than 20 years. We will be doing all we can to continue this success.”

Mr Crompton’s rise through the ranks started in Greater Manchester, where he took over the major crime review unit.

The married father-of-two was made a chief superintendent in 2002 and became a district commander. One of his roles included dealing with the aftermath of the public inquiry into the activities of mass murderer Harold Shipman.

He joined West Yorkshire Police in 2004 as an Assistant Chief Constable.

South Yorkshire Police Authority chairman, Charles Perryman, said Mr Crompton has ‘fantastic credentials’.