On his first day in office as Gloucestershire's Police & Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, a former police officer himself, met the force's Acting Chief Constable Mick Matthews.
He is leaving shortly to take up a job with the MOD police in Cyprus, so one of Mr Surl's first jobs will be to appoint a new Chief Constable. In the meantime, Mick Matthews says the new PCC faces a challenging time.
Martin Surl has spent his first day as Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner. The former police officer stood as an independent candidate, and says that he wanted to spend his first day out meeting people, rather than in an office.
In Cheltenham he met police officers and shoppers who told him they wanted to see more police on the beat.
In Gloucestershire, Martin Surl, a former Superintendent with the force came second after the first preference votes were counted, but beat the Conservative candidate after the second preference votes were added.
He became the second Independent Police Commissioner to be elected in the region as our Gloucestershire Correspondent Ken Goodwin reports.