Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner asked to apologise to Chief Constable within a week

Grantham Police Station. Neil Rhodes and Alan Hardwick. 255D
Grantham Police Station. Neil Rhodes and Alan Hardwick. 255D
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Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has been given until next Friday to issue an apology to Chief Constable Neil Rhodes for the “anxiety” caused when he was suspended as Temporary Chief Constable last year.

In a letter to Mr Hardwick, the chairman of the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel, Norman Norris JP, said that the Commissioner should “provide a written apology to the Chief Constable for the anxiety caused to him and his family in relation to the unlawful decision and the way the matter was handled; and to the people of Lincolnshire for incurring unnecessary public expenditure which could have been utilised in supporting the police service.”

The Panel has asked Mr Hardwick to give his reasons, if he decides not to make an apology, by February 21.

Mr Hardwick suspended Mr Rhodes, the then Temporary Chief Constable, in February over his involvement in a employment dispute in which he was accused of helping a former employee at West Yorkshire Police pursue a claim of racial discrimination which he knew to be contrived.

However, an independent inquiry by the head of Greater Manchester Police recommended the allegations should be withdrawn.

The Police and Crime Panel has also asked Mr Hardwick to say whether or not he accepts the findings of the Task Group’s report into the events surrounding Mr Rhodes’ suspension and respond by April 4.