THE result of the county’s first ever Police and Crime Commissioner will be known today.

The new commissioner role will replace the former police authority system and the person selected will be in charge of hiring and firing the chief constable, setting the force’s budget and making sure officers’ are accountable to the public.

We're at the count and will bring you the result as soon as it's revealed.

You can take part in our live blog here by using the hashtag #essexpcc on twitter and your tweets will appear here.