The Independent candidate, Sue Mountstevens, has just been appointed Avon and Somerset's first Police and Crime Commissioner. She told our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine that she would fight strenuously any cuts to policing.
She added that her priorities were tackling anti-social behaviour, burglary and violent offences, especially against women and girls.
In Dorset, there were just four candidates fighting for the post of Police and Crime Commissioner. The three main parties and an independent. It was won by the Independent and former Police Officer, Martyn Underhill with the Conservative second after second preferences were considered.
He became the first Independent to be elected to the role anywhere in the south west. Duncan Sleightholme reports.
The election for the new post of Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset will go to a second count. The first count put the Independendent candidate ahead with the Conservatives in second place. The two others will now step aside for them to battle it out over voters' second choices.
Counting is under way in the second round of the Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner election in Stroud. It's now a 2 horse race between Victoria Atkins (Conservative) and Martin Surl (Independent)