I think Police and Crime Commissioners will have a lot less power than opponents suggest, and be a much smaller change than supporters argue. For both of these reasons the creation of these people who will supervise policing will have a lot lesser impact than both sides suggest. Opponents (Labour, some Lib Dems and Tories, many local councillors) and supporters (Tories) have greatly exaggerated. I have put my views in two posts on articles on the Lib Dem Voice website, here:

http://www.libdemvoice.org/opinion-what-next-for-elected-police-commissioners-25791.html

scroll down to comment Posted 6th November 2011;

and here:

http://www.libdemvoice.org/liberal-democrats-decide-to-pass-up-on-fighting-police-commissioner-elections-mostly-25734.html

scroll down to comment Posted 6th November 2011.