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New South Yorkshire police chief advertisement: "a challenging opportunity"

An advertisement for the top job at the crisis-hit South Yorkshire force says its new chief will face "a challenging opportunity."

The advert, on the force's Police and Crime Commissioner's website, asks "for an exceptional chief officer to transform the police service for the benefit of our communities."

Dr Alan Billings the South Yorkshire Policer and Crime Commissioner Credit: South Yorkshire Police

It also says the candidate will have "the appropriate experience, ambition and vision to lead the South Yorkshire police service in building public trust and confidence.The successful applicant will provide ethical, inspirational and resilient leadership for the police service working with the Police and Crime Commissioner and senior leadership group to keep South Yorkshire safe."

"Applicants must also have a track record of ethically based decision making and substantial evidence of leading with integrity in a demanding executive role, including leading the delivery of fundamental change in organisational culture and service provision."

There will be an open day on 1 June to provide further information on the role and the issues currently facing South Yorkshire Police. This will be held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

David Crompton who was suspended after the Hillsborough verdicts Credit: PA

Dr Billings suspended the current Chief Constable, David Crompton, after the results of the Hillsborough inquests. He was due to retire in November and is not expected to come back to his post.

The force is also under fire for its handling of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal and is facing fresh calls for a public inquiry over the Battle of Orgreave.

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REPORT: Commissioner stands by suspension decision

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.

Chief Constable investigation

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.

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.”

– Alan Hardwick, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire

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Lincolnshire top cop to be investigated locally

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.

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.

– Alan Hardwick, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner

No IPCC investigation into Lincolnshire top cop

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.

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.

– IPCC spokesperson

Temporary Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police suspended over "potential conduct matters"

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.

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