The former Redcar MP Vera Baird will begin her job as Northumbria's Police & Crime Commissioner this morning.
Other commissioners from across the region will also take up their posts.
Ms Baird will be holding a press conference in Gateshead later.
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Sandiford, a former legal secretary originally from Redcar, was convicted of drug smuggling offences and sentenced to death in 2013.
Durham Crown Court heard that one of the male victims suffered a triple-fractured jaw, while left lying in the gutter, unconscious.