Hundreds of people have registered their views over the future of a police force just 24 hours after public forums were set up by the constabulary.
The public have responded to West Mercia Police Authority's advertising campaign urging people to make their views known over the proposed restructuring of police forces in England and Wales.
The police authority has taken the unusual step of taking out full-page advertisements in local newspapers, using the slogan "You have the right to remain silent... please don't".
A freephone telephone number received more than 200 calls in its first day of operation, before the press advertisements appeared in papers yesterday and today.
More than 1,000 people looked at the survey online and, of those, more than 730 have already completed the form and returned it.
People living within the West Mercia area - which covers Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Worcestershire - have until Sunday to express their views on the future policing of their communities.
The move follows a Home Office review which could result in a merged 'strategic regional' police force that would cover five million people across the West Midlands. The proposal could involve merging West Mercia with forces in Warwickshire, West Midlands and Staffordshire.
The review also warned that smaller forces, with less than 4,000 officers, did not have the resources to tackle organised crime or the threat of terrorism.
All views expressed by the public will form part of a report presented to Home Secretary Charles Clarke.
The police authority is due to meet next month to determine its preferred option.
* To find out more and register your view visit www.westmerciapoliceauthority.gov.uk or call 0800 854 591.