Voting takes place across the North East in the first elections for Police and Crime Commissioners.
PCCs are being elected to each police force in England outside London. Their responsibilities will include overseeing budgets, setting priorities and appointing Chief Constables.
In the ITV Tyne Tees region, PCCs will be elected to the Northumbria, Durham, Cleveland and North Yorkshire forces.
The newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria says the Government is to blame for the low turnout at the polls.
Cleveland's Police and Crime Commissioner elect, Barry Coppinger, has outlined his plans in an interview with ITV Tyne Tees.
Labour's Barry Coppinger says he is looking forward to taking up his new role as Police and Crime Commissioner for the Cleveland Police area