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Police and Crime Panel letter asking for apology sent to Commissioner Alan Hardwick

By SMorris_LE  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

Alan Hardwick

The Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel has published the letter they have sent to the Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.

It comes after a report from a special taskforce into Mr Hardwick's suspension of the county force's top cop Neil Rhodes.

The report revealed that Mr Hardwick ignored legal advice and refused to back down in his decision as well as damaging his own reputation, sparked an investigation which cost tax payers £165,000 and failed to get Mr Rhodes’ account of the incident which led to the suspension.

The Police and Crime Panel accepted all the recommendations of the report at a meeting on February 6 and asked Mr Hardwick to publicly apologise to Mr Rhodes.

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In response to the letter, Mr Hardwick said in a statement on his website: "I felt it was important to write to you and indicate that I fully intend to communicate with Mr Rhodes in the way you suggest.

"However, you may be aware that Mr Rhodes is now on leave.

“He does not return to work until February 24.

"I am sure you will agree it would be inappropriate to say anything publicly in Mr Rhodes’ absence.

"It is therefore my intention to delay communications until his return.

“I should indicate at this point that it is also my intention to respond to the report recommendations within the time frame you have outlined.”

The full content of the letter sent to Mr Hardwick can be seen below.

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