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Lessons ‘should be learned’ following suspension of Neil Rhodes from Lincolnshire police

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick during a community engagement event in Red Lion Square, Stamford

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick during a community engagement event in Red Lion Square, Stamford

 

The findings of a task force probing the decision to suspend Lincolnshire’s Temporary Chief Constable, Neil Rhodes, in February last year, has today been published.

The group was formed by the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel to review what lessons can be learned from the decision of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Alan Hardwick, to suspend the Temporary Chief Constable, Neil Rhodes.

The report makes a number of recommendations to the Police and Crime Commissioner as well as to the Police and Crime Panel itself, the Home Office, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the Chief Constable and the Association of Chief Police Officers

Since being formed in May, the Task Group has followed a thorough and detailed process, interviewing key witnesses and reviewing information from a range of sources before drawing together a series of recommendations and lessons it feels need to be learned for the future.

The report, now available at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/lpcp will be considered by the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel on February 6, at East Lindsey District Council, Tedder Hall, Manby Park, Louth.

Chairman of the Task Group, Chris Cook, said: “First I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the Review. We have been rigorous and methodical in our approach.

We have interviewed many witnesses, including the Commissioner and Chief Constable; we have developed a detailed chronology of events before, during and after the suspension and we have reviewed hundreds of pages of evidence to enable us to form a credible and accurate report into the circumstances surrounding the suspension.

“The decision to suspend the Temporary Chief Constable placed Lincolnshire Police under the glare of the national spot light, attracting unfavourable media interest, public interest and, in the view of the Task Group, resulted in some costs that could have been much reduced.

“Whilst it is clear the Commissioner and Temporary Chief Constable have both moved on from the suspension, the recommendations we will put before the Police and Crime Panel on February 6, are based on the evidence provided to us during our review and lessons we feel strongly should be learned as a result of what happened.

“As well as bringing about local change, we also hope that our conclusions and recommendations influence others, ensuring that similar situations are handled more effectively in the future,” he added.

 

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