Home Secretary Theresa May insisted the Government had publicised the vote. She told the BBC:
I'm obviously disappointed in the turnout but these were first elections and first elections are always difficult.
I'm sure next time round we will see an increase in the turnout because next time round people will be used to the idea of police and crime commissioners, they'll have seen them in action and, of course, there will be an incumbent who will be challenged.
The Home Office, the Government did put out advertisements about the elections.