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Suspended Neil Rhodes to be investigated by police and crime commissioner after IPCC assessment

By MarkWilliams  |  Posted: March 11, 2013

Suspended Lincolnshire chief constable Neil Rhodes.

Suspended Lincolnshire chief constable Neil Rhodes.

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Suspended Lincolnshire chief constable Neil Rhodes will be investigated by the county's police and crime commissioner following a "detailed assessment" by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The IPCC has today released a statement saying it is satisfied the matter requires investigation but that the case "does not amount to serious corruption."

Lincolnshire's new police and crime commissioner Alan Hardwick shocked the county when he suspended Mr Rhodes from duty on February 26. He has appointed Alec Wood as his temporary replacement.

A statement from the IPCC said:"The IPCC has now completed a detailed assessment of the referral of a potential conduct matter concerning the force's temporary Chief Constable, Neil Rhodes.

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"The outcome of the IPCC assessment is that we are satisfied the matter requires investigation but does not amount to serious corruption or misconduct which would merit an IPCC investigation.

"The decision to return this matter for local investigation has been communicated to the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

"It will now be for him to determine the way forward. The IPCC has advised that if further concerns come to light in the course of the investigation the matter should be re-referred to us."

Still no reason for Mr Rhodes' suspension has been given.

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  • ManOrMuppet  |  March 13 2013, 7:33AM

    At last! An informed and independent (outside Lincolnshire) viewpoint on the damage being done to public faith in Mr Hardwick and the role of PCCs in general: http://tinyurl.com/bqbl5zb

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  • ManOrMuppet  |  March 12 2013, 3:22PM

    I wonder if the investigation will include looking at Alan Hardwick's competence to be a PCC?

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  • Whiley45  |  March 12 2013, 3:06PM

    It now appears that the PCC is asking another Chief Constable to investigate. This goes from ridiculous to downright stupid. Please make it all end!

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  • ManOrMuppet  |  March 12 2013, 12:58PM

    It was certainly good, but not surprising, news to hear that the IPCC does not think the matter is serious enough for their consideration. I, like many, am really concerned that it has been sent back to the PCC for further investigation. Surely this should have been done first before suspension or involving the IPCC? If not, why not? If it was, then why don't we know the reason for the suspension? Is this a matter of wasting police time I wonder? It is clear that "Hasty Hardwick" has now painted himself into a corner here. There is no way he can be objective about any decision about Mr Rhodes given his vested interest in the outcome. The only resolution is a judicial review with all the Press present. I wonder who Mr Hardwick will blame now for his mistake? His legal counsel perhaps?

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  • Marbo1  |  March 12 2013, 9:39AM

    "we, the pubic are paying." Ah yes the pubic, if my research is correct this is a society closely related to the Masons. The individual members, as i'm led to believe, go by the name of 'Hairs'. Hopefully Brother Mickeythedog comment will really stick in the Mr Hardwicks throat and he'll 'spill the beans' on this fiasco...

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  • Mickythedog  |  March 12 2013, 9:20AM

    The IPCC says the case "does not amount to serious corruption" yet the Police and Crime Commissioner suspends Mr Rhodes and will now be judge and jury. If this story came from Syria we'd all be disgusted and shrug our shoulders and accept there was nothing we could do, but this is happening in Lincolnshire! What's happening to British justice? Mr Hardwick, you are abusing your powers and wasting the budget, we, the pubic are paying. Give us evidence to back your actions or do the decent thing and resign!

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  • Whiley45  |  March 12 2013, 8:48AM

    What a mess! All that the creation of Police and Crime Commissioners has achieved is to cause more confusion. It has not achieved more transparent policing or improved efficiency. Worse it has cost all taxpayers money we can ill afford.

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  • Pete67  |  March 12 2013, 7:20AM

    'Still no reason for Mr Rhodes' suspension has been given' - - - Maybe one hasn't been thought of yet.

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  • BigH-Cumbria  |  March 12 2013, 1:49AM

    The creation of PCCs was the centrepiece of Conservative proposals to reform the police in England and Wales. "Giving people democratic control over policing priorities is a huge step forward in empowering communities," the party manifesto claimed in 2010. This is the usual meaningless 'buzzspeak' that political parties put out of 'empowering communities and people' and promising greater transparency, when in reality it means the complete opposite. Gordon Wasserman, now Lord Wasserman, was the architect of the Conservative party's PCC policy. A Canadian by birth, it was his experience of US law enforcement, in New York and Philadelphia, which shaped his ideas. He said "I want people to see their police commissioner in the street and say 'Hi Commissioner! How are you doing?'" I'm sure the people of Lincolnshire will tell him, but I suspect Mr Hardwick will be keeping a very low profile.

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  • Pru_Freda  |  March 11 2013, 9:03PM

    If Mr Rhodes is exonerated, what recourse do we have to call Mr Hardwick to order? A re-election in a few years? Seems to me that the short time he was in post before acting and the IPCC decision that no serious wrongdoing has taken place suggest some personal agenda. To protect Mr Rhodes' right to confidentiality, not even his deputy can be actively involved in the investigation. Either Mr Hardwick runs his own secret investigation, or another constabulary is used. Given the IPCC stance, I would not like to be in the Chief Constable's shoes right now. Oh, jellikins99, thanks for the link to a slightly less informative news article from an area not actually covered by Lincolnshire Police, and a comment from somebody with the same name as you. It advanced my understanding of the story immensely. And Echo, to justify my purpose in life, do neither Chief Constable or Police and Crime Commissioner (unless preceded by 'Lincolnshire', perhaps as a prompt) justify capital letters in your style guide?

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