Neil Rhodes to remain temporary chief constable of Lincolnshire Police until conduct review is complete

Acting Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police Neil Rhodes
Acting Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police Neil Rhodes

The temporary chief constable of Lincolnshire Police will continue in his role until an investigation into his conduct has been completed.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick issued a statement today (Monday) confirming that Mr Rhodes would not step down until Sir Peter Fahy, of Greater Manchester Police, had finished an independent review into allegations the temporary chief constable had mishandled an employment tribunal with a senior colleague from another force.

Mr Rhodes was suspended by Mr Hardwick in February over “potential conduct matters” but a High Court judged quashed the suspension on Thursday.

A spokesman for Mr Hardwick said: “After discussions over the weekend, the commissioner Alan Hardwick and temporary chief constable Neil Rhodes have jointly agreed that the best interests of Lincolnshire Police would be served by Neil Rhodes continuing as temporary chief constable.

“He would continue until the completion of the investigation into allegations about his conduct and any consequent procedures were complete.

“The recruitment of a permanent chief constable would also be delayed pending this outcome.

“In reaching this agreement the importance of stability in the leadership of the force was the primary concern.”

Mr Rhodes’ contract as acting chief constable, which began last year following Richard Crompton’s retirement, had been due to expire today.

Mr Rhodes has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

Following Thursday’s hearing, Mr Rhodes issued a statement which said: “Having been reinstated as a constable and chief constable I have travelled back from the judicial review hearing at Manchester and have met with my chief officer team and have resumed control of the force.

“Over the Easter period I will be taking a long-planned period of leave and I look forward to serving the community of Lincolnshire as best I am able upon my return.

“I would very much like to thank the huge number of people in the Lincolnshire Police and ordinary members of the public for their messages of support which number several hundred. I am really grateful to them and I want to get back to work to repay their faith in me.

“The most important thing now is that all of our attention turns to policing the county of Lincolnshire.”