Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will ensure the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible, bringing communities closer to the police, building confidence in the system and restoring trust.
Here are details of new police and crime commissioners that have been elected in our region:
Labour candidate Olly Martins wins in Bedfordshire. He is a former victim support worker and councillor for Liverpool City Council.
Conservative Nick Alston wins in Essex. Mr Alston, in his campaign, said he believed he had the skills to ensure victims of crime have a greater say in policing.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at University College London.
Conservative David Lloyd wins in Hertfordshire. Mr Lloyd is the deputy leader of Hertfordshire County Council and chair of the police authority.
Conservative Anthony Stansfield wins in Thames Valley. He was born in Newbury and West Berks has been his home all his life.
He is currently an executive member of West Berks Council, and, until last month, has been a member of the Thames Valley Police Authority.
He took over as Chairman of the Performance Committee of the Thames Valley Police last year.
Independent Kevin Hurley wins in Surrey. He is a former Scotland Yard borough commander.