The Nottinghamshire police and crime commissioner election takes place on May 5.

We sat down with all the candidates to find out about the men behind the mission to become the county’s commissioner, outside of the pledges, policies and politics.

Conservative candidate Tony Harper is campaigning to decrease the fear of crime, boost police response times and to improve the help offered to victims of crime.

What are your links to Nottingham?
I’m a miner’s son from Hucknall. When I came to join the police force I applied to Nottinghamshire Police at the age of 16 but I wasn’t tall enough so I went to Derbyshire Police and got in there.

What are your hobbies?
I’m a keen runner. I do marathons, half marathons and 10ks. I’m a member of two running clubs. I also like to go long distance walking in the Lake District and I cycle a lot. I’m also a target rifle shooter. I shoot for the English police against other countries.

What’s your favourite genre of music?
Everybody says I’ve got a weird taste in music. I suppose its 70s and 80s. Westlife. Boyzone. That sort of thing. One of my favourite tracks is Fireball XL5 from the old puppets show.

Who inspires you?
It’s not people that inspire me. When you’ve invested 36 of the best years of your life into a profession and you see it being run down it inspires you to do something about it.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
It’s got to be Haarts – if I can afford it. I like Greek and Italian restaurants and I quite like the all you can eats like the Red Hot Buffet. At the moment my speciality is the McDonalds Crème Egg McFlurry – I absolutely love them.

Forest or Notts County?
I’m not a footballing man. I’m a Formula One guy. I’ve been to Silverstone, Monaco and Belgium. Lewis Hamilton has got to be my favourite driver, probably of all time.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs. I’ve got a 16-year-old lurcher collie cross.

If you could fly anywhere from East Midlands Airport where would you go?
I always go skiing every January to Austria. I love the ski resorts. They have pretty villages and lots of night life.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?
James Bond. I always have the latest technology and I’m quite tech savvy. I was also a firearms instructor and an armed police officer. Bond’s got a good sense of dress, he can talk to anyone at any level and he’s got the means to get what he wants using fair play. He knows what’s right and wrong and doesn’t like unfairness.

Other candidates standing in the election are independent Tony Bates, Fran Loi of UKIP, Paddy Tipping of the Labour Party and independent Jason Zadrozny.