New police chief for the county

Neil Rhodes.
Neil Rhodes.

THE new man taking temporary charge of Lincolnshire’s police force has labelled his new role an ‘enormous privilege’.

Lincolnshire Police Authority has announced that Deputy Chief Constable Neil Rhodes (pictured right) will become temporary Chief Constable.

His appointment comes following the retirement of the present Chief Constable, Richard Crompton, on March 31.

Chief Constable (designate) Neil Rhodes said: “It’s an enormous privilege to be asked to lead Lincolnshire Police as Chief Constable. When I first stepped out on the beat, as a young constable patrolling the streets in Lincoln 26 years ago, I hoped I might make it to inspector before I retired, so you can image the pride I feel today.

“With fewer officers and a tight budget the year ahead will be pretty challenging. My personal priority will be retaining officers on the beat and Pcsos in the heart of the community.”

Alec Wood, who left Lincolnshire Police in 2010 to become Assistant Chief Constable in Derbyshire, will be seconded back to Lincolnshire as temporary Deputy Chief Constable with effect from April 2.