New Chief Constable Neil Rhodes sets his targets

Deputy Chief Constable Neil Rhodes
Deputy Chief Constable Neil Rhodes
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Lincolnshire Police have appointed their new chief constable.

Deputy chief constable Neil Rhodes has landed the position and will take on the role when the current chief constable Richard Crompton retires on March 31.

The authority has also announced that Alec Wood, who left Lincolnshire Police in 2010 to become assistant chief constable in Derbyshire, will fill Mr Rhodes’ current position in April.

Mr Rhodes was delighted at the news of his promotion.

He said: “It’s an enormous privilege to be asked to lead Lincolnshire Police as chief constable.

“When I first stepped out on the beat as a young constable patrolling the streets in Lincoln 26 years ago, I hoped I might make it to inspector before I retired, so you can imagine the pride I feel today.”

Mr Rhodes admits that his job will be challenging but hopes to prioritise police patrols to make sure residents feel safe in their communities.

He said: “With fewer officers and a tight budget, the year ahead will be pretty challenging.

“My personal priority will be retaining officers on the beat and police community support officers in the heart of the community. In your area your local officers should be known to you and it’s important you feel confident of a prompt response when you need to speak to them.

“We need to keep crime low and our streets places we can all walk with confidence. Lincolnshire Police achieve that by being closely connected with the community we serve, trust and support. I intend to work hard to retain that support, trust and confidence, and to ensure the officers and staff of this force are well led and well motivated to do the same.”

Assistant chief constable (Safer Neighbourhoods) Keith Smy will continue in his role, while chief supt Roger Bannister will become temporary assistant chief constable (Protective Services), replacing Carl Langley who has been appointed assistant chief constable of Dyfed-Powys.