New top cop should be a ‘visionary’ and a ‘trailblazer’ - PCC

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes with Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.
Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes with Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.

The search is on for a new chief constable of Lincolnshire Police with the man leading the hunt looking for a “trailblazer” and “visionary.”

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick is to appoint a successor to current temporary Chief Constable Neil Rhodes who is thought to be applying for the job.

A Leading Lincolnshire Police website has been set up to find the chosen candidate who will earn a yearly salary of more than £130,000.

Mr Hardwick said: “Lincolnshire is a very special place, with very specific challenges and whoever is appointed will indeed have the special qualities needed for the job.

“What I want from the new chief constable is someone who can think completely up-to-date and project that to the force, someone who is going to be a trailblazer and who isn’t going to held back by the way things have always been done.

“I want a visionary and I’m sure we’ll find that sort of person, but I don’t know where the person we appoint will come from.”

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel chairman, Norman Norris, said: “This recruitment process has been a long time in coming and we look forward to the appointment of a permanent chief constable for Lincolnshire which is a great place to live.”