The former Merseyside chief constable will begin receiving his £83,000-a-year despite two ongoing investigations into his conduct following the Hillsborough disaster.
Mr Bettison stepped down from his post in West Yorkshire on Wednesday but he was last a member of the police pension scheme during his tenure on Merseyside from 1998-2004 – so his fund will be administered from here.
Merseyside Police Authority chief executive Paul Johnson told members: “Following Sir Norman Bettison’s resignation as a police officer from West Yorkshire, the payment of his pension entitlement will come back into effect.
"The only circumstances in which a police authority can seek permission to forfeit a pension from the Home Secretary is if a police officer has been convicted of a criminal offence, and as we are all no doubt aware that is currently not the case and our position will remain as that until that situation changes.”
Mr Bettison is the subject of two investigations by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
The first is the wider investigation into the Hillsborough aftermath, looking at potential criminal offences and misconduct matters. The second line of inquiry is about the allegation he attempted to influence the decision-making process of West Yorkshire Police Authority in connection with complaints about his statements after the release of the Independent Panel’s report.
Mr Bettison denies any wrongdoing and said his resignation was because the scandal had become a distraction from his job.
If he is convicted of any crime, the police authority could apply for up to 65% of his pension to be forfeited.
Mr Johnson also claimed the cost of the pension would be “at no specific cost” to Mersey taxpayers as the cost of police pensions are met centrally.
The Merseyside police pension fund is financed through contributions from the authority – part paid through the council tax precept – the officers themselves and topped up by the central pot.
Look back on David Bartlett and Paddy Shennan's three-day investigation into Norman Bettison's role after Hillsborough: