SUSPENDED: Temporary Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police
The Temporary Chief Constable of Lincolnshire has been suspended.
The decision to suspend Neil Rhodes from the county police force was announced today (Tuesday February 26).
A statement said Alan Hardwick, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, had been "made aware of potential conduct matters involving the Temporary Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Neil Rhodes."
The statement added: "The Commissioner can confirm that Mr Rhodes has been suspended from duty while investigations are being considered.
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"It should be emphasised that suspension is a neutral act and it should not be inferred from the decision to suspend that the potential conduct matters have been proven.
"Following consultation with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the matters in question have been referred to them."
The Commissioner has appointed Deputy Chief Constable Alec Wood as Acting Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, with immediate effect.
The Lincolnshire force covers West Lindsey, including villages like Scotter, Hemswell, Waddingham, Bigby and Grasby.
Neil Rhodes was born and brought up in Barnsley in a family with a mining and steelworking background.
He left school aged 16 with a handful of O-levels and worked for South Yorkshire County Council.
He travelled and worked abroad for a year before joining Lincolnshire Police in 1986.
During 15 years with Lincolnshire Police he progressed from constable to superintendent, working across the county as a patrol officer, a detective and in roads policing before joining Her Majesty’s Inspectorate
of Constabulary at superintendent rank.
In 2000 he transferred to Humberside Police.
He moved to Cumbria Police as Assistant Chief Constable in late 2004.
He returned to Lincolnshire as Deputy Chief Constable in 2008.
Over the past three years Neil has led the reshaping of the force, stripping out county policing boundaries.
He has a law degree from the University of London and a Masters in criminology from Cambridge University.