Breaking: Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick apologises for suspending Chief Constable Neil Rhodes

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.

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Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has issued an apology to Chief Constable Neil Rhodes after suspending him last year.

In a statement issued by the Police and Crime Panel a spokesman said: “As a Panel our role is to scrutinise and support the Commissioner in his duties and we have looked closely at the events surrounding the suspension of the Chief Constable and the costs incurred and we believe there are lessons to be learned, as detailed in our Task Group report.

“The Panel is pleased the Commissioner has today apologised to both the Chief Constable and offered an apology to the people of Lincolnshire.

“It was important a full and sincere apology was made to the Chief Constable for the anxiety caused to him and his family during 2013.

“As stated in our Task Group, we still believe some of the expenditure that was incurred through the suspension could have been avoided and we hope the Commissioner will take on board the recommendations made in the report, which will go some way to preventing a similar situation in the future.”

The decision to suspend Chf Con Rhodes led to an enquiry which cost the taxpayer over £160,000.

It was revealed that Mr Hardwick ignored legal advice given when he made the decision to suspend Chf Con Rhodes, who was acting as the temporary chief of Lincolnshire Police.

The task group set up to investigate the matter believed that Mr Rhodes could have avoided suspension whilst an investigation was taking place.

It was alleged that Mr Rhodes mishandled a colleague’s tribunal in a racial discrimination claim.