NINE in 10 people do not know who their local police and crime commissioner is, a poll out today reveals.
And of those who say they can name the person, 10 per cent get it wrong, according to the research conducted for the Electoral Reform Society (ERS).
The findings of the survey have led the ERS to call on all involved to “pull out all the stops” in the run-up to the election of new commissioners on May 5.
ERS head Katie Ghose pointed out that the 2012 police and crime commissioner (PCC) elections received the lowest turnout of any national elections in British history — just 15 per cent.
“It would seem that, four years after police commissioners were introduced, the public are none the wiser about what they actually do,” she said.
“The fact that just one in 10 can name their local PCC is an indictment of the whole approach to these roles and the election.
“There’s clearly a real lack of public engagement in this election and the last, something exacerbated by a total lack of information about the roles and often the candidates too.”