A look at the role of police commissioners in the Netherlands
11 October 2012 Last updated at 22:00 BST
On 15 November people in England and Wales will vote on who they think should become police and crime commissioners for their area.
The Netherlands has been operating a commissioner system for the past 20 years - so how does it work there?
BBC South East Home Affairs Correspondent Colin Campbell has been to the Netherlands to find out.