HUDDERSFIELD MP Barry Sheerman has welcomed increasing police staffing levels in the town.
Mr Sheerman said the number of officers at Huddersfield was excellent and the impending introduction of more community support officers would be a major boost.
He said: "I am particularly keen that we get more community support officers because they are the people we can deploy against anti-social behaviour."
Mr Sheerman had asked Home Secretary David Blunkett for information about police staffing levels in West Yorkshire.
His questions were prompted by regular discussions with Huddersfield Chief Superintendent John Holt and with West Yorkshire Chief Constable Colin Cramphorn.
The Home Secretary's office announced that West Yorkshire had 5,169 police officers, which is 140 more than in March this year.
It is hoped that by March 2004 there will be 5,286 officers and 160 community support officers. There are now 96 community support officers - trained in just a few weeks.
Mr Sheerman said:
"It seems we are getting more officers. John Holt thought he had more resources now than for a very long time. He was only worried about there being a high percentage of young and inexperienced officers due to a big swathe of experienced officers retiring.
"Hopefully, these new officers will be trained very quickly to make sure we have highly-trained officers on the force.
"Anti-social behaviour is much more of a regular concern to my constituents than serious crime. People that destroy other people's peace and peace of mind must be stopped."