Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has been told he was wrong to suspend the county's temporary Chief Constable, a move that has cost taxpayers more than a £160,000.
A report into the lessons learned reveals Alan Hardwick ignored legal advice when he suspended Neil Rhodes. Mr Rhodes is now confirmed as the new chief and Mr Hardwick said today the pair had moved on.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Hardwick, says he and Chief Constable, Neil Rhodes, have moved on from their previous 'difficulties':
...the Chief Constable and I work together effectively. I also look forward to further developing the already positive and professional relationship I have with the panel, which the report also recognises. The Chief Constable and I moved on some timeago from the difficulties of last year. Our focus has always been and will remain meeting the needs of the communities of Lincolnshire.
– Alan Hardwick, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Lincolnshire's Police and Crime commissioner says he's confident he'll reach his target of signing up a thousand volunteers over the next two and a half years.
Alan Hardwick is trying to increase the number of unpaid Special Constables as well as general volunteers and cadets. He is also trying to change the law to recruit volunteer PCSO's. 65 new volunteers have come forward since May to join the force, which currently has 433 in total on its books.
Lincolnshire Police Federation is calling for a permanent chief constable to be appointed swiftly, to bring stability to the force.
It's after temporary chief constable Neil Rhodes was suspended by the Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick back in February over allegations of misconduct.
But yesterday, following a judicial review overturning that decision, an independent report has also now recommended the misconduct allegation be withdrawn. There are now four people currently in temporary positions at the top of the force.