The man overseeing the police in Lincolnshire has finally said sorry to the county’s Chief Constable for suspending him over an unproven misconduct allegation.
In a letter made public today, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick gave a “sincere and unreserved” apology to Neil Rhodes who was suspended in February 2013 for his role in an employment dispute involving a former colleague.
The suspension was overturned by a High Court judge a month later after it was branded “irrational and perverse.”
An independent investigation led by Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy later found that Mr Rhodes had not acted improperly in advising a former colleague making a claim for racial discrimination against West Yorkshire Police.
Mr Hardwick’s public apology comes after he was advised to do by Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel members who were criticised over their handling of the suspension by MPs last August.