South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has begun the process of dismissing the suspended chief constable David Crompton.
Chief Constable Crompton was suspended on 27 April following the Hillsborough inquests.
The BBC understands PCC Dr Alan Billings has now completed the first two stages of the dismissal process.
This includes seeking the views of the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Tom Winsor.
Chief Constable Crompton was suspended on 27 April under Section 38 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.
Jurors at the Hillsborough inquests concluded the 96 victims of the 1989 disaster were unlawfully killed and that there were police failings.
Dr Billings said he had “no choice” but to suspend Mr Crompton after the Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham warned “those responsible must be held to account” and that the force had gone back on its 2012 apology over the Hillsborough disaster.
A statutory process must now be followed before the final decision is made by the PCC as to whether Mr Crompton will be called on to retire or resign.
He may not take the final decision until he has obtained the views of Sir Tom on the proposal.
Mr Crompton was due to retire in November after four years in the role.
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