THE Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has been suspended from duty by the countyâ€™s Police and Crime Commissioner, it emerged today.
PCC Alan Hardwick said acting Chief Constable Neil Rhodes had been suspended from his post after he was â€œmade aware of potential conduct mattersâ€ involving the senior officer.
A statement issued by Mr Hardwickâ€™s office said: â€œThe Commissioner can confirm that Mr Rhodes has been suspended from duty while investigations are being considered.
â€œIt 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.â€
The statement, which was also posted on the Lincolnshire Police website, added: â€œFollowing consultation with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the matters in question have been referred to them.
â€œThe Commissioner has appointed Deputy Chief Constable Alec Wood as Acting Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police with immediate effect.â€
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