Report which clears Chief Constable Neil Rhodes is welcomed
A committee which scrutinises Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has welcomed a report which exonerates Lincolnshire Police’s temporary Chief Constable Neil Rhodes of any misconduct.
The report by Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, was commissioned by Mr Hardwick following an allegation that Mr Rhodes mishandled a colleague's racial discrimination employment tribunal claim against West Yorkshire Police.
The probe concluded no proof has been found to substantiate the allegation and Sir Peter recommends the misconduct allegation is formally withdrawn.
The team found that Mr Rhodes did not over step the mark in his peer support role to the lawyer but recommended a written protocol for such cases.
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Interim chairman of the Police and Crime Panel for Lincolnshire, Norman Norris, said: “The panel is pleased the commissioner has published the full report following the Sir Peter Fahy investigation.
“The report will be scrutinised by the panel and incorporated into our task group’s work, which is also looking at the events surrounding the chief constable’s suspension and the implications of that.
“It’s clear from what we already know that lessons need to be learned from this situation and we hope that our report, once completed, along with Sir Peter’s findings, will help to prevent such issues in Lincolnshire and other parts of the UK in the future.”
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney said: “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 an allegation of misconduct by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick and those who advise him.
“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 and 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.”