An historic election - the biggest shakeup in the running of midlands police forces in more than fifty years. But hardly anyone bothered to turn out and vote for Police and Crime Commissioners. In Staffordshire the turn out was just under 12 per cent.
The job of Commissioner is a big one. He or she takes control of multi-million pound police budgets - they can hire and fire the chief constable. The government said the idea was to let ordinary people have a say via one elected official.
John Willats reports on the West Midllands count. A warning the report contains flash photography throughout.