Hillsborough police chief Sir Norman Bettison will learn on Friday what course of action the IPCC [Independent Police Complaints Commission] intend to take following last month's findings by an independent panel that concluded an investigation into the 1989 tragedy that cost 96 Liverpool fans their lives.
Bettison was referred to the watchdog alongside former employers South Yorkshire Police, while West Midlands Police, who led the botched investigation in the aftermath, referred themselves. If found guilty of criminal conduct by the IPCC, the individuals involved could be brought before the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] for prosecution.
A spokesman for the IPCC said, “We have conducted our own review which will undoubtedly cover the referrals we have received and possibly more.”
Bettison apologized last month after insisting Liverpool fans "made the job of the police harder than it needed to be" just days after the panel's report was released.
The former Merseyside police chief recently announced his intention to retire next year with a full pension, though criminal charges could yet be brought against him.
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- West Midlands Police
- Sir Norman Bettison
- Crown Prosecution Service