Acting Lincolnshire chief constable Alec Wood has 'no idea' why Neil Rhodes was suspended
Acting chief constable Alec Wood admits he remains in the dark over why top cop Neil Rhodes has been suspended from duty.
The former deputy chief was promoted on a temporary basis last week on the day police and crime commissioner for Lincolnshire Alan Hardwick took the decision to suspend Mr Rhodes.
One week on and still no reason for the decision has been given to the county force's 2,100 staff or its new leader.
Despite "one of the toughest weeks" of his career, the acting chief has vowed to inform his officers of any developments as soon as he is told by Mr Hardwick.
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He said: "It has been an unprecedented and very tough week indeed at Lincolnshire Police. I was told on the Tuesday morning that I would be taking over and breaking the news to the staff about Neil's suspension was very tough.
"But the response from everyone has been first class.
"It has been a challenging week for everyone.
"But from the frontline officers to the detectives, everyone has responded very well. And as far as I am concerned it is business as usual.
"I have absolutely no idea as to why Neil has been suspended. It is up to the police and crime commissioner to tell me and I am sure he has his reasons for keeping this quiet for now."
The Echo revealed last week how Jon Hassall, chairman elect of the Lincolnshire Police Federation, said officers deserved to know the nature of allegations against Mr Rhodes.
"This secrecy is not ideal, of course, because you are always wondering why Neil has been suspended," added Mr Wood.
"But that is what happens. All I can say is that Neil was a close colleague of mine and we got on very well.
"My focus now has to be to lead Lincolnshire Police to the best of my ability – whether that is for several weeks, months or more.
"I agree the officers and, indeed, the public should know the reasons behind Neil's suspension but I just ask them to be patient and it will all be revealed soon I am sure."
Meanwhile, the Echo can reveal Mr Hardwick is "looking into" a fresh complaint made about the appointment of Mr Wood as acting chief.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission admitted this week it has recorded a formal objection.
When asked whether the IPCC had received a fresh complaint into the appointment of Mr Wood, spokesman Mark Pearson said: "We have received the complaint, and in accordance with procedure have forwarded it to the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner's office.
"The complaint is for them to consider."
When questioned about the complaint, Mr Wood said: "I am aware of it but there is nothing in it.
"These complaints come in all the time."