Polling cards have been hitting doormats across the region as a reminder that local elections are approaching on the 6 May.
This year, after being postponed 12 months due to Covid, voters will be asked to cast their ballot for a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) - or if you live in Greater Manchester, the Metro Mayor who also looks after policing.
PCC's were brought in a decade ago but suffered the worst turnout for any nationwide elections ever.
So do we know any more about who they are and what they do, 10 years on?
People asked is this the politicisation of policing? Why doesn't the Chief Constable just decide what goes on in region in terms of policing? But the Government argued it's important the ordinary public has a say in how their area is policed. So what the Government wanted was for people to go out and vote for a Police and Crime Commissioner. And that person sets the priorities, not the Chief Constable.
Their powers are quite far reaching, including:
Appointing the Chief Constable and holding them to account
Setting police priorities
Commissioning crime prevention schemes and victim support
Setting the police budget (and how much residents pay in council tax)
The Police and Crime Commissioner also has the power to fire Chief Constables if they're not performing.
The PCC is accountable to a panel made up of councillors, but ultimately to the public who can vote them out when elections come round again.
But one of the main issues is public engagement, speaking to drinkers at a former police station in Liverpool, many could not remember having voted for one in the past or indeed exactly what they do.
"They have some sort of oversight," one woman said, "I know vaguely," came another response as well as "I've seen one in Line of Duty."
With policing very much in the spotlight at the moment this is really the main way the public can get involved and have a say on what the priorities in their area should be.
The following candidates for each area are presented in alphabetical order.
Jo Conchie - Liberal Democrats
John Dwyer - Conservative
Nick Goulding - Reform UK
David Keane - Labour
Greater Manchester candidates (Metro Mayor position)
Nick Buckley - Reform UK
Andy Burnham - Labour
Laura Evans - Conservative
Marcus Farmer - Independent
Melanie Horrocks - Green
Simon Lepori - Liberal Democrats
Alec Marvel - Independent
Stephen Morris - English Democrats
David Sutcliffe - Independent
James Barker - Reform UK
Neil Darby - Liberal Democrats
Clive Grunshaw - Labour
Andrew Snowden - Conservative
Kris Brown - Liberal Democrats
Emily Spurrell - Labour
Bob Teesdale - Conservative