It is exactly a year since Cumbria's first Police & Crime Commissioner took up his role, and in an interview for ITV Border tonight he speaks candidly about some of the difficulties he has faced.
Richard Rhodes' time in office has to some extent been overshadowed by a row over his expenses after he claimed seven hundred pounds for chauffeur driven work trips.
The year has also seen the lengthy suspension of the former temporary chief constable, Stuart Hyde. Mr. Hyde was subsequently cleared of misconduct but left the force today for his retirement.
Reflecting on his first year in the job, Richard Rhodes told Ryan Dollard it has not been an easy one:
One of Cumbria's MPs says questions should be asked about why the county's police force spent so much time and money investigating a whistle-blowing case - only for it to end with no charges being brought.
The 6 month investigation followed the leaking of information about the Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes's expenses.
However, MP Tim Farron says the decision not to prosecute vindicates his view that these were whistleblowers and not criminals.
Tim Backshall reports.
The MP for South Lakes, Tim Farron, has commented on the news that no one will be prosecuted after a six-month long police investigation into a whistle-blower who leaked a crime commissioner's expenses claims for chauffeur-driven cars.
Police in Cumbria have released the following statement in relation to news that a woman who works for Cumbria Police, will not face criminal action over an alleged leak about the expenses of Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes.
A woman who was arrested on suspicion of data protection offences and misconduct while working for Cumbria Police will face no criminal action.
Her arrest related to concerns that information had been leaked to the media relating to the Police and Crime Commissioner on 10 April 2013.
The 50-year-old woman remains suspended from work.
Police will now begin a misconduct investigation in relation to any believed internal breach of the force's code of conduct.
Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes is hosting a Victims Conference from 10am until 4pm at Rheged in Penrith.
The main keynote speaker for the day will be Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales, Baroness Newlove, who will be speaking at 1pm.
Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes has called for Temporary Chief Constable to either resign or retire.
Stuart Hyde was appointed in January 2012 but was suspended in September, following complaints of misconduct.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes said:
“After careful consideration I am proposing to start the process to ask Temporary Chief Constable Hyde to retire or resign under the section 38 (3) of the PRSRA, in the meantime he has been suspended."
Cumbria Police is continuing with the investigation into information being leaked to the media regarding Cumbria's Police and Crime Commission.
A 50-year-old female employee at Cumbria Police was arrested on suspicion of data protection offences and misconduct in a public office on 10th April.
She is currently suspended from work and has had her bail extended to 16th August while the investigation continues.
A 54-year-old man from Penrith, who was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, has also had his bail extended to 16th August.
A file has been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service for their consideration of any further action
A police watchdog has criticised Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes for his handling of the scandal over his use of a chauffeur-driven car.
The Cumbria Police and Crime Panel said they were disappointed that statements he made at the time were "unclear" but add they are satisfied that he has now changed his travel arrangements.
Mr Rhodes was forced to apologise last month when it was revealed he had used a chauffeur-driven car at a cost of £700.
The Prime Minister has said he will investigate the actions of Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner following the arrest of three whistleblowers last week.
Details of how Richard Rhodes hired a chauffer driven Mercedes at a cost of almost £700 were leaked to a local newspaper.
Following a complaint by the Commissioner's office, three arrests were made, but Mr Rhodes insists that complaint did not come from him.
The Prime Minister was responding to a question from the Cumbrian MP Tim Farron: