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Lincs DCC Steps Up To The Plate

Neil Rhodes to lead the Force as Temporary Chief Constable after retirement of Richard Crompton

The Deputy Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police is to take up the helm on a temporary basis when outgoing Chief Richard Crompton retires at the end of March.

DCC Neil Rhodes said it was an “enormous privilege” to be asked to lead the Force but added that there would be significant challenges in the months ahead.

He said: “When I first stepped out on the beat 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.”

The appointment of DCC Rhodes to Temporary Chief Constable has also seen other appointments in the senior officer team at the Force. Lincolnshire Police Authority has confirmed that ACC Alec Wood, who left Lincolnshire for Derbyshire in 2010, will be returning as temporary Deputy Chief.

ACC (Safer Neighbourhoods) Keith Smy will continue in his present role and Chief Supt Roger Bannister will become temporary ACC (Protective Services), replacing Carl Langley who has been appointed ACC of Dyfed-Powys.

Police Authority Chair Barry Young said: “Following the announcement of Richard Crompton's retirement and Carl Langley's promotion to ACC with another Force, we have moved quickly and to ensure continuity in the Chief Officer team.”

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