It is the final week of campaigning in the first elections for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), who will replace police authorities in 41 areas in England and Wales outside London. The Today programme's Sarah Montague went to the frontline - in Gloucestershire - to find out about the issues which really matter to the police.
PCCs will have powers to direct the strategy of the police force, appoint the chief constable and set the budget.
On Thursday everyone in England and Wales who lives outside London will be able to vote for a new police and crime commissioner to oversee their local force.
Sarah Montague spent the afternoon with one community officer, PC Andy Plant, who is based at Hucklecote police station on the outskirts of Gloucester.
She found out what candidates mean when they promise to protect the frontline.
PC Plant said what mattered for the police was to "concentrate on the things that are important to our communities."
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