New chief constable makes move from West to South Yorkshire

David Crompton
David Crompton

SOUTH Yorkshire has a new chief constable. David Crompton, aged 48, moves from West Yorkshire to succeed Meredydd Hughes, who retired last October.

Originally from Manchester, and with a diploma in applied criminology from Cambridge University, Mr Crompton will take up the position in the next few weeks after being given the job by South Yorkshire Police Authority.

In West Yorkshire, he was assistant chief constable for local policing and assistant chief constable for territorial operations before becoming deputy chief constable in 2008. He has been leading proposals to save more than £100m over the next three-and-a-half years.

Mr Crompton said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the force through what is a significant transitional period for policing across the UK. We will have to successfully 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 in South Yorkshire to ensure crime is at its lowest for more than 20 years. We will be doing all we can to continue this success.”

Police authority chair Charles Perryman said Mr Crompton has “fantastic credentials and experience”, adding that he faces “a difficult test in guiding South Yorkshire Police through a tough economic climate and with the pending arrival of the elected police and crime commissioners will have to manage an ever-changing landscape within policing.”