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Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill takes up newly elected role

22 November 2012 Last updated at 21:28 GMT

Dorset's newly elected police and crime commissioner (PCC) has taken up his position after being voted into office on 16 November.

Martyn Underhill, previously a senior officer with Sussex Police, stood as an independent candidate, beating Conservative Nick King into second place.

The new PCCs, which replace police authorities, will set spending plans and have the power to appoint chief constables.

One of Mr Underhill's first tasks is to recruit a new chief constable to replace Martin Baker who stepped down earlier this year.

BBC South Today's Dani Sinha reports.