AN elected US-style sheriff should run Kirklees police, a leading Tory councillor has said.
Conservative group leader Clr Robert Light claimed that an elected official would reflect the views of the people.
He said: "Police authorities controlled by the Home Office are a disaster.
"The police should be working to meet locally-set targets and priorities as opposed to national targets.
"A directly-elected sheriff, or police commissioner, would work with a Chief Constable to set local policing priorities and plans."
Clr Light, who is standing as Tory candidate for Batley and Spen at the General Election, said the move would be the starting point for making the streets safer for law-abiding citizens.
He said: "A sheriff, or commissioner, would be directly accountable to local residents, increasing local focus and ensuring that police will tackle the problems that matter to their communities, and not to Whitehall.
"I believe that this measure and other measures proposed by the Conservative Party - such as cutting police paperwork and bureaucracy, recruiting more police and getting them out on the beat and tougher court sentences - are the only measures that will cut rising crime levels and particularly violent crime."