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 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judicial review overturning that decision, an independent report has also now recommended the misconduct allegation be withdrawn.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.
Lincolnshire's Police Federation says it hopes the process of selecting a permanent Chief Constable is carried out soon, a day after an independent report cleared Neil Rhodes of any wrongdoing.
Mister Rhodes was suspended by the Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick back in February over allegations of misconduct. But following a judicial review overturning that decision, an independent report has also now recommended the misconduct allegation be withdrawn.
The Police Federation says it's now time to get stability back at the top of the force - where four people are currently in temporary positions.
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney has welcomed today's findings of the independent report which has cleared Lincolnshire Chief Constable of misconduct allegations.
“I am delighted that the investigation by Sir Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, has cleared Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes of allegations of misconduct by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick and those who advise him, " said Mr McCartney.
“Sir Peter’s report of course comes months after the decision earlier this year by the Independent Police Complaints Commission not to investigate the allegations against Chief Constable Rhodes and the High Court’s decision in Manchester to quash his suspension.
“As I have stated before, Police & Crime Commissioners up and down our Country need to think long and hard before taking the decision to suspend a Chief Constable and, as my initial reservations have borne out, this case just goes to show there are always two sides to every story.”
A decision by Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Comissioner to suspend the force's Temporary Chief Constable has come under the spotlight once again.
Neil Rhodes was reinstated but a panel has announced that the matter will now be examined by a Task Group. There were angry scenes after today's meeting because some residents were accidentally excluded from.