Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has spoken to Calendar for the first time since suspending the Chief Constable of the force over potential conduct matters.
Alan Hardwick, who's appointed the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police to investigate the allegations against Neil Rhodes, says he's hoping for a swift resolution -and that he stands by his decision. Kate Hemingway reports.
The Chief Constable and Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, has been appointed as investigating officer to look into a potential conduct matter concerning the Temporary Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Neil Rhodes.
– Alan Hardwick, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire
I am pleased to appoint Sir Peter Fahy to conduct an independent and rigorous investigation and I look forward to receiving his findings in due course.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has confirmed that the potential conduct matters involving the currently suspended Temporary Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Neil Rhodes have been referred back to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire for Local Investigation.
– Alan Hardwick, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner
I welcome the determination made by the IPCC. The decision made by the IPCC not to carry out their own investigation is understandable and in line with previous determinations they have made on Chief Officer conduct matters. I will be conducting my own independent and rigorous local investigation into the potential conduct matters that were raised.
The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, has completed a detailed assessment of the referral of a potential conduct matter concerning the force's temporary Chief Constable, Neil Rhodes. He was suspended by the county's new Police and Crime Commissioner last month.
PCC Alan Hardwick said he sent acting Chief Constable Neil Rhodes home after he was "made aware of potential conduct matters" involving the senior officer.
– IPCC spokesperson
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.
Pete Schofield, Unite the Union.
The temporary Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has been suspended by the county's new Police and Crime Commissioner.
PCC Alan Hardwick says he sent acting Chief Constable Neil Rhodes home after he was "made aware of potential conduct matters" involving the senior officer.
Mr Rhodes took over as temporary head of Lincolnshire Police when the former Chief Constable Richard Crompton retired in March last year.