Greater Manchester Police chief drafted in to investigate Neil Rhodes ‘potential conduct matter’

The chief constable of Greater Manchester Police has been drafted in to investigate the ‘potential conduct matter’ which saw Lincolnshire Police’s chief constable Neil Rhodes suspended.

According to a statement from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Alan Hardwick, this afternoon, Sir Peter Fahy has been brought in as investigating officer.

As reported, Mr Rhodes was suspended from his role on February 26 by Alan Hardwick over ‘potential conduct matters’ and the IPCC announced on Monday that they would not be investigating.

They ruled that the matter does require investigation but “does not amount to serious corruption or misconduct which would merit an IPCC investigation”.

Therefore the matter went back to Mr Hardwick who has in turn drafted in Sir Peter Fahy.

A statement from Mr Hardwick said: “I am pleased to appoint Sir Peter Fahy to conduct an independent and rigorous investigation and I look forward to receiving his findings in due course.”

Sir Peter Fahy, 54, was knighted in 2012 for services to policing and became the top cop at Greater Manchester Police in September 2008.

Neil Rhodes’ suspension was the first time a Police and Crime Commissioner has acted to suspend a chief constable since the role was created nationally in November.

Alec Wood has stepped in as acting chief constable for Lincolnshire.