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Neil Rhodes: I'll spend the rest of my career making Lincolnshire Police the best it can be

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 10, 2013

Lincolnshire Police's Chief Constable, Neil Rhodes

Lincolnshire Police's Chief Constable, Neil Rhodes

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Neil Rhodes says he's putting a "difficult year" behind him after being confirmed as Lincolnshire's Chief Constable.

Having been suspended by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick, Mr Rhodes returned to work as temporary chief in April after a high court judge described the decision as "perverse and irrational".

He had been suspended after Mr Hardwick received an allegation that Mr Rhodes mishandled a colleague’s racial discrimination employment tribunal claim against West Yorkshire Police.

Now, having been confirmed as chief constable, he says he'll devote himself to the force.

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"I am looking forward to spending the rest of my career making Lincolnshire Police, and the service that we deliver together, the very best that I possibly can," said Mr Rhodes.

"It has been a very difficult year - not the one I had hoped for - but that's very much behind me now.

"When I picked up the reins of the chief's job again in April, I was absolutely determined to build a strong and productive working relationship with the Commissioner and with his staff. And I think we've achieved that."

Although Mr Rhodes' suspension was quashed, a review into the suspension is being carried out. It is likely to report back in January.

Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy was also asked to investigate the suspension.

In findings published in August, Mr Fahy concluded there was no proof to substantiate the allegations, which he recommended be formally withdrawn.

For the full interview, click on the video below

Mr Hardwick said: "As far as I'm concerned it's a simple truth that when partnerships work, policing works.

"Probably the most important partnership for policing is that between the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable.

"So I'm delighted that the Police and Crime Panel have given the green light to my recommendation that Neil Rhodes be appointed the new Chief Constable of Lincolnshire."

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick on the appointment

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  • Chas24  |  December 10 2013, 3:10PM

    One applicant, speaks volumes, "So I'm delighted that the Police and Crime Panel have given the green light to my recommendation that Neil Rhodes be appointed the new Chief Constable of Lincolnshire.", just a tad hypocritical one would suppose ?.

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  • JaneThompson  |  December 10 2013, 11:51AM

    I heard Mr Hardwick in a public meeting a few months ago. He used the term 'I' in nearly every sentence and droned on for 25 minutes. Not once did he ask anyone to discuss local problems. Mr Rhodes must be commended for his patience.

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  • 4caster  |  December 10 2013, 11:18AM

    After his gross error of judgement, which a high court judge described as "perverse and irrational", Alan Hardwick's only honourable course of action was to resign. As he would not resign, I would expect the electorate to kick him out of his post when he comes up for re-election. It is arrogant of him to describe his tenancy of the Police and Crime Commissioner post as a "career". Let us remind ourselves of what Neil Rhodes did to cause Alan Hardwick to suspend him. He gave some advice to an officer in another police force about bringing a case for harassment against that force. Hardly an abuse of his position, was it?

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  • ManOrMuppet  |  December 10 2013, 10:40AM

    Congratulations Mr Rhodes, from what I read from the HMIC report on your AAA-rated abilities and performance I think Lincolnshire has done very well to retain your loyalty through the totally unnecessary difficulties over the last year.

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