It's being called the biggest change in policing for years - and it's all happening tomorrow. At seven in the morning polls across the north west will open for voting in the election for the new police and crime commissioners.
Amy Welch has been talking to candidates - and getting opinions from voters in Lancashire. For more details click here.
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