Candidates asked: Can you make a difference?
The three people who hope to be elected as Leicestershire's first police and crime commissioner next month have spelled out their policies to a city audience.
Monday night's event at the Holiday Inn, St Nicolas Circle, was organised by the Chartered Management Institute and Neighbourhood Watch.
It was attended by about 50 members of the public.
The three candidates, Labour's Sarah Russell, the Conservatives' Sir Clive Loader and independent Suleman Nagdi, answered a series of questions which had been submitted in advance, as well as those asked by the audience on the night.
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Among those questions was each being asked to name their three priorities, whether they believed the winner of the November 15 election would have true influence and how they saw the role.
City councillor Ms Russell, who serves as one of the city's assistant mayors, said: "Community policing, services for victims and crime prevention are the three areas I would prioritise. If I see something I don't like I'm not the sort of person who likes to stand on the sidelines shouting about it.
"I like to get involved to see if there is something I can do to make things work and to help people.
"Police and crime commissioners will not be in charge of day-to-day policing. Operational matters are for the chief constable and that is right.
"The role will be strategic, developing the policing plan which will bring together people's concerns, the different crime priorities and how resources will be put in different areas."
Recently retired Air Chief Marshall, Sir Clive, said: "I want to form a powerful team with the chief of police in order to energise a new and vigorous spirit throughout the police that we are going to drive down crime.
"I want to reduce reoffending rates, because I believe that is key to reducing crime in significant numbers.
"Operational matters are for the chief constable, but I would sit down with him every week and go through the statistics for the previous week to identify stubborn crime trends and hotspots.
"Then we would address those trends.
"You are being asked to elect a person who whose only job is to reduce crime and make the streets safer."
Mr Nagdi, a businessman and community worker, said: "I sincerely believe policing should remain free of political influence, hence my decision to stand as an independent candidate.
"I am not saying that would happen here but I do not want us to go back to the bad old days of politics interfering in policing.
"Visibility is the single biggest factor. People want to see police officers on the street.
"Also, victims of crime have to be central in every investigation. Too often we focus on the perpetrator.
"We also need to take positive action against antisocial behaviour.
"Can we make a difference? I believe we can."
Monday's event was chaired by Mercury editor Richard Bettsworth.
The Home Office last week launched a nationwide advertising campaign to boost awareness of the election.
The Electoral Reform Society last month suggested just 18.5 per cent of people nationwide would vote. Those findings were mirrored in a poll by the Mercury.
All three candidates admitted they were concerned about a potential low turn-out and said they were doing all they could through their campaigning to encourage people to use their votes.
The two party candidates also stressed their political affiliations would not affect their decision making.