Chief constable joins police force

A NEW chief constable has been appointed to Lincolnshire Police.

Neil Rhodes has taken the role following the retirement of Richard Crompton on March 31.

Faced with signficant budget reductions Mr Rhodes is aware of the challenges that lie ahead but has expressed his commitment to retaining officers. He said: “It’s an enormous privilege to be asked to lead Lincolnshire Police as Chief Constable. When I first stepped out on the beat, as a young constable patrolling the streets in Lincoln 26 years ago, I hoped I might make it to inspector before I retired, so you can image the pride I feel today.

“With fewer officers and a tight budget the year ahead will be pretty challenging. My personal priority will be retaining officers on the beat and PCSOs in the heart of the community.”