The new Police and Crime Commissioners will not be running our police forces - they will be holding them to account, according to the Government.
They will be responsible for managing budgets, setting priorities and will also have the power to hire and fire Chief Constables.
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