Lincolnshire Police in the dark over chief’s suspension

The senior police officer, deputising in the wake of last week’s ‘unprecedented’ suspension of Lincolnshire’s chief constable, says the force is unaware of why such action was taken.

Acting chief constable Alec Wood said neither he nor any of his fellow officers were privy to the reasons behind Neil Rhodes’ suspension.

In an interview aired on Lincolnshire Police’s website he said: “It’s an unprecedented week, it’s highly unusual for a chief to be suspended. What I can tell you is the decision has been taken entirely by the police and crime commissioner.

“The force and myself included have no knowledge of the circumstances as to why Neil Rhodes has been suspended.”

Lincolnshire’s elected police and crime commissioner Alan Hardwick’s announcement that Mr Rhodes had been suspended over ‘potential conduct matters’ last week rocked the force.

Mr Wood has promised to do his ‘very, very best’ to move the force forward under his deputised leadership over the coming weeks and months and stressed its priority would be ‘providing and delivering the excellent policing services that we do’.

He has also announced his intention to get out and about across the force and speak to the public ‘as much as possible’ to find out what’s happening and help improve the service.

After numerous shift changes, he concedes that staff are ‘weary’ of further upheaval and promised a focus on consolidating their work.

“We really need to consolidate what we’ve got, make what we’ve got work and focus on serving the public and doing what we do best,” he said.