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Lincolnshire Police chief constable Neil Rhodes suspended

By MarkWilliams  |  Posted: February 26, 2013

  • Lincolnshire Police chief constable Neil Rhodes

  • Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick

  • Alec Wood has been appointed acting chief constable

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Neil Rhodes, the chief constable of Lincolnshire Police, has been suspended from duty.

The temporary chief has been relieved of his duties while "investigations are being considered" into potential conduct matters.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has appointed Alec Wood as acting chief constable with immediate effect.

A statement from the commissioner’s office said: “It should be emphasised that suspension is a neutral act and it should not be inferred from the decision to suspend that the potential conduct matters have been proven.

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“Following consultation with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the matters in question have been referred to them.”

Richard Davies, who came third in the Police and Crime Commissioner election in November, said: “I am shocked because Neil seemed very good in his role.

“I worked with home closely and it has come out of the blue. We will have to wait and see what happens.”

Reg Shore, who sits on the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel, said: “I was not told about this and it is a real surprise.”

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  • Mickythedog  |  March 01 2013, 11:10AM

    It seems to me that the novice Mr Hardwick is flexing his newly found muscles and is making a pigs ear of it. How can you suspend our chief of police without offering any explanation why? This is not looking like a promising relationship is it? I think Mr Hardwick should resign and Mr Rhodes be given his salary to employ a couple more bobbies on the beat!

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  • ManOrMuppet  |  March 01 2013, 10:54AM

    Bolshie and M_C_Donald, thanks for your pointers on due process. Reading the other article on this website regarding the lack of information regarding the suspension it is very clear Mr Hardwick acted far to early with the suspension of Mr Rhodes. Glad to see the local press are asking the right questions.

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  • Bolshie  |  February 28 2013, 9:18PM

    M_C_Donald, It's the Police and Crime Panel that sits under the county council that should hold the PCC to account for his actions. It's not clear what the mechanism for getting rid of a useless or compromised one is but the 10 councillors on the panel would make the decision and report him to the IPCC if a criminal offence is committed - and they'd have to appoint an interim PCC until an election takes place. That makes Reg Shore's comment in the article a tad more worrying than it first appeared.

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  • M_C_Donald  |  February 28 2013, 12:41PM

    Most politicians with a spine would "stand by their man" The irony is PCCs are supposed to be non-political posts! The old system was not perfect, but it was not broken. This new system seems to mean that all the power is potentially put in the hands of an unqualified person, with which a maverick with his own little fiefdom can cause havoc and disruption with (it seems) without redress. I was not in favour of PCCs in the first place and the actions of Mr Hardwick have done nothing to win me over. One wonders if things are done for effect rather than any benefit just so that a PCC can say "I've done this" to justify his/her position.

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  • BigH-Cumbria  |  February 28 2013, 10:56AM

    Perhaps Mr Hardwick could be billed for wasting police time?

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  • ManOrMuppet  |  February 28 2013, 9:27AM

    Hmmmmmmm ... Sounds a little too "politically inspired" Since taking his position Alan Hardwick seems focused on point scoring against Mr Rhodes. First the custody suite, now this? So much for his pledge to work with and support Lincolnshire Police. So rather than being a constructive asset, his only contributions so far seems to disruptive. Most politicians with a spine would "stand by their man" until the facts were clear. No such loyalty from "Hasty Hardwick". I wonder, once Mr Rhodes is cleared, will Alan fall on his sword? Fat chance! My view: Neil Rhodes : Man Alan Hardwick: Muppet

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  • Bolshie  |  February 27 2013, 7:58PM

    The BBC report on this hints at a clash between the two and a link between the suspension and the G4S contract for a security suite at Nettleham which the Chief supported and the PCC scrapped. This is a strong action to take and if the decision turns out to be wrong it shows monumental poor judgement and surely any credibility Mr Hardwick has is then gone - so he must then resign (or be removed though I'm not sure that can be forced). I sincerely hope this is a well considered action and not taken in haste to gain the bragging rights from being the first PCC to exercise the much vaunted power to hire and fire the Chief Constable.

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  • Localperson55  |  February 27 2013, 4:32PM

    My bet is complete exoneration and a significant amount paid to the Chief Constable in compensation from a tribunal.

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  • BigH-Cumbria  |  February 27 2013, 1:46PM

    A very sad day for the police service when the likes of Neil Rhodes can be suspended.

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  • TB78WHlNE  |  February 27 2013, 12:32PM

    "I presume you were among the 85% who didnt vote in the PCC election?" Correct, he didn't. What he did do, however, was pop up on literally every story that concerned the election and banged on relentlessly about how nobody cared about it - the irony being completely lost on him, of course. This hilarious lack of self-awareness was then compounded on the day of election when he visited a number of polling stations and reported on the number of people voting. It had me in stitches =D

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