Six candidates are vying to be the next West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
The £100,000-a-year position - which was created in 2012 by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition in a bid to address the view that police authorities were out of touch and lacking accountability - involves setting the annual budget for the country's second biggest force, as well as holding the Chief Constable to account.
Whatever happens in the election on May 6 there will be a new individual in the job, as Labour's David Jamieson is retiring after seven years in the role.
His tenure has seen crime levels spiral, while Mr Jamieson himself has been criticised for politicising the role and spending much of the time blasting government cuts to his force's budget
The PCC election uses the supplementary vote system, in which people can choose a first and second choice candidate.
If a candidate achieves more than 50 per cent of the vote they will be confirmed as the winner. Otherwise, the top two candidates move into the second round, with second preferences from those who voted for the remaining candidates taken into account to decide who is elected.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner candidates
There are 202 candidates standing across the country in this year's PCC elections, and six of them want the West Midlands job. They are:
Simon Foster (Labour)
Julie (Jools) Hambleton (Independent)
Mark Hoath (Reform UK)
Jon Hunt (Liberal Democrat)
Desmond Jaddoo (We Matter Party)
Jay Singh-Sohal (Conservative)
The six candidates have all spoken to the Express & Star about their manifesto pledges and priorities, should they be elected.