Police Crime Commissioners (PCCs) "do three times as much" work as police authorities did, the PCC for Dorset told Daybreak.
Martyn Underhill was sceptical about the results of a survey which suggested most people had no idea who their PCC was.
"I've heard the stats this morning about one in three people haven't heard of Police Crime Commissioners. Well that is a success story. One in eight people hadn't heard of Police Crime Commissioners this time last year.
"And how many people know the name of their own MP?"
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