Police bosses clashes

The Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee and Leicester East MP Keith Vaz has said it's worrying that Police and Crime Commissioners seem able to side step statutory processes for sacking Chief Constables.

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Vaz claims PCCs have 'worrying' ability to evade rules

Home Affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz said it is "worrying" that Police and Crime Commissioners "seem able to side-step the statutory process for dismissing a chief constable".

Home Affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz.
Home Affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz. Credit: PA/PA Wire

Mr Vaz said: "Police and Crime Panels should make more active use of their powers to scrutinise decisions such as this.

"We will be returning to this area when we carry out our next major inquiry into Polic eand Crime Commissioners, towards the end of this year."

Comments on PCC powers follows suspension of Lincolnshire Chief Constable

Neil Rhodes, Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police Credit: BYE JASON BYE/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Keith Vaz's comments come after the controversial suspension of Neil Rhodes, the Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police for 'potential conduct matters' by the county's Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.

This was later overturned and he has returned to his former duties.

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