Cumbria's first elected Police and Crime Commissioner takes up his post today (November22nd).
Former teacher and magistrate Richard Rhodes is responsible for the forces priorities and budget, and has the decision over who ultimately will be Chief Constable.
However, in the first elected role of it's kind, 85 percent of Cumbrians didn't vote.
Richard Rhodes, the first ever Cumbrian Police and Crime Commissioner, is set to begin his work on the first day of his new job.
Mr Rhodes will be officially taking office today.
People in Cumbria will find out who they have voted to be their Police and Crime Commissioner today (16th November).
The election count for the the PCC is taking place at Westmorland Hall in Kendal.
The counting of votes will begin at 11.00am, with the result expected to be announced by the end of the afternoon.
David Cameron has been visiting Carlisle this lunchtime ahead of next week's elections for local police and crime commissioners. He spoke to ITV Border about why it is important to vote:
– David Cameron PM
"If you want a local law and order champion who is there to help make sure the police are there to help the voter then get out and vote it is something you can do and I'm sure the police focus on your priorities. whether that is dealing with anti social behaviour, cutting crimes or burglarly. this is something we should all care about.
"We all care about crime and law and order in our country now you get the chance to vote for what you want. "
David Cameron has been visiting Carlisle this lunchtime ahead of next week's elections for local police commissioners.
Polls suggest that only 20 percent of people are likely to vote next Thursday. The new Police and Crime Commissioners will have the power to hire and fire their local chief constable and set policing targets.
The Prime Minister David Cameron will be in Cumbria today. He'll be in the county in the run up to next week's elections for Police and Crime Commissioners.