Lincolnshire Police Chief Neil Rhodes to continue in his role

Acting Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police Neil Rhodes
Acting Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police Neil Rhodes

The ongoing saga surrounding Lincolnshire Police’s top officer and crime commissioner has today taken another turn.

The Police and Crime Commisioner’s office has said temporary Chief Constable Neil Rhodes will continue in his role – after previously stating he would become deputy.

This news comes after a high court judge last week quashed a suspension imposed on him by the commisioner Alan Hardwick.

But then, Mr Hardwick said Chief Constable Rhodes would become deputy at the start of this month.

However, his office today issued the following statement: “After discussions over the weekend, the commissioner Alan Hardwick and temporary Chief Constable Neil Rhodes have jointly agreed that the best interests of Lincolnshire Police would be served by Neil Rhodes continuing as temporary Chief Constable.

“He would continue until the completion of the investigation into allegations about his conduct and any consequent procedures were complete. The recruitment of a permanent Chief Constable would also be delayed pending this outcome. In reaching this agreement the importance of stability in the leadership of the force was the primary concern.”