Last November we went to the polls to elect our first ever police and crime commissioners. The government wanted the PCCs, now in place in 41 of the 43 police areas in England and Wales, because it believed they would improve police accountability and allow the service to "reconnect" with the public. We were not especially convinced: 15.1% of us bothered to vote, significantly fewer than the 23% who turned out in the 1999 European polls. Surveys suggest 90% of us don't know who our elected PCC is.

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