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Chief Constable speaks of "tensions" in online video

Chief Constable Neil Rhodes has appeared in a video message on the internet Photo: Lincolnshire Police

The chief constable of a police force who was recently reinstated to his post has admitted to "tensions" with the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Neil Rhodes, of Lincolnshire Police, returned to work at the helm of the force this week after winning a High Court ruling against his suspension earlier this month.

He was suspended by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Alan Hardwick over "potential conduct matters" which are still subject to an independent investigation.

Mr Rhodes, speaking during a walkabout with beat officers in Lincoln, said: "There have been significant tensions with the PCC and to be fair over the past few weeks it's been very difficult indeed.

"But there's a line drawn very firmly underneath that last week in the High Court by the judge and what I look forward to now is a really calm, professional, sensible working relationship with the PCC.

"I am very firmly committed to achieving just that."

He added: "I wanted to let the communities of Lincolnshire and the force know that I am very firmly at the helm of this organisation.

He said his main policing focus was now to continue to further reduce crime levels, which fell last year.

"It really is business as usual," he said.

Mr Hardwick has appointed Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, to investigate an allegation Mr Rhodes acted improperly by getting involved in a West Yorkshire Police employment tribunal relating to one of its employees.

Mr Rhodes said he was merely trying to get all parties talking around the table.

Mr Hardwick previously described the suspension of his own chief constable as a neutral act. However, a judge sitting at the High Court hearing in Manchester last week described it as "perverse".