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Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said he did not believe the low turnout in the PCC elections weakened the authority of the commissioners.
He admitted that it was "going to be quite interesting" to have ex-police officers of a lower rank in a position to hire and fire chief constables.
"I will watch that with interest," he added.
The commissioners faced a "big challenge", he warned.
Electoral Commission chair Jenny Watson said the PCC dismal turnout was "a concern for everyone who cares about democracy" and said a "thorough review" would report its inquiry findings to Parliament early next year.
A post-mortem was under way today into the first elections for police commissioners in England and Wales after the poll was marred by a record-low turnout.
Only around one in seven bothered to go to the ballot box, forcing David Cameron and Conservative ministers to defend a flagship policing reform and deny the role lacked a popular mandate.
A detailed inquiry has been ordered by the Electoral Commission, the watchdog accusing the Government of failing to listen to its warnings about potential problems.
Independents were the big winners, a number of former senior police officers and an ex-judge among 12 non-party candidates chosen for the new £100,00-a-year jobs.
Another scored a surprise victory over Labour in the Bristol mayoral election.
The other Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) - which replace police authorities for all forces outside London - are either Conservative (16) or Labour (13).
Independent candidate Sue Mountstevens has become the first Avon and Somerset Spolice Commissioner.
For further reaction and analysis on this result visit ITV Westcountry.
Labour candidate Mark Burns-Williamson has won the PCC race in West Yorkshire.
For more on this result visit ITV Tyne Tees.
An independent candidate has won the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner election:
The Conservatives have claimed another victory - this time in Cheshire.
While Labour won Nottinghamshire:
Independent candidate Alan Hardwick has been elected as the new PCC in Lincolnshire.
However it was a Conservative win in Northamptonshire, with Adam Simmonds being elected.
A former Conservative has won the police and crime commissioner (PCC) election in Norfolk.
Stephen Bett was a Conservative Party member for 27 years. He served on Norfolk Police Authority for 16 years including six as chairman and also represented the Tories at county council level.
But earlier this year he resigned from the party and quit the county council whip to run as an independent candidate in Norfolk's PCC election.
The Conservatives have won another Police and Crime commissioner election, this time in Cambridgeshire:
A retired RAF serviceman has become the Police and Crime commissioner for Leicestershire:
A former Scotland Yard borough commander has been appointed the PCC for Surrey:
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