The Chief constable of Lincolnshire Police has been suspended over ‘potential conduct matters’.
Neil Rhodes is now under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission for the matters. The nature of the issue has not been released.
Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has confirmed that the chief constable has been suspended while investigations take place.
A statement released by Lincolnshire Police on behalf of the PCC read: “The Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire has been made aware of potential conduct matters involving the Temporary Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Neil Rhodes. It 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. Following consultation with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the matters in question have been referred to them.”
The commissioner has appointed deputy chief constable Alec Wood as acting chief constable with immediate effect.