Sheffield & South Yorkshire

New South Yorkshire Police chief recently investigated

Dawn Copley Image copyright GMP
Image caption Dawn Copley has moved to Acting Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police after Chief Constable David Crompton was suspended

The new Acting Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police has been appointed despite being investigated over her conduct with another force.

Dawn Copley was one of several senior officers at Greater Manchester Police accused of "corrupt practice" by another officer who was later sacked.

Kent Police investigated the claim.

South Yorkshire's Chief Constable David Crompton, who is suspended, previously said he had taken "appropriate advice" ahead of her appointment in October.

The force has been approached for comment.

While Assistant Chief Constable at Greater Manchester Police, Ms Copley was in charge of the force's professional standards branch.

The branch was investigating Chief Inspector John Buttress over alleged mortgage fraud.

A criminal case against Ch Insp Buttress was thrown out in 20 minutes, but the force pursued a case of gross misconduct against him and he was eventually sacked.

Kent Police investigation

Mr Buttress claimed he was the victim of "corrupt practice" within the force's anti-corruption unit and complained about misconduct within the force.

Kent Police then conducted an investigation and its report has now been given to Greater Manchester Police for consideration.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: "We've received a copy of the report and sent it to the complainant as requested.

"The individual now has 28 days to appeal the findings."

Mr Buttress said he was yet to receive a copy of the report.

In October, Mr Crompton said he was aware of the Greater Manchester Police investigation when he appointed Ms Copley as his deputy and said he had taken "appropriate advice" and "taken these matters into account".

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings revealed he was not made aware of the Greater Manchester Police investigation prior to her appointment.

Chief Constable David Crompton was suspended on Wednesday over his force's behaviour during the Hillsborough inquests.

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