LOCAL people have been urged to give their views on changes to police powers.
Labour councillors in Kirklees are suggesting that residents have their say on improvements in tackling crime and investigating crime.
Labour leader Clr Mehboob Khan said: "Proposals for tough new police powers, to help officers tackle crime and improve community safety, were set out in a Home Office consultation paper.
"Crime and safety are the biggest issues for local councillors and I welcome any changes that could reduce crime and the fear of crime."
The proposals include strengthening officers' arrest powers, improving the use of warrants, giving community support officers more powers, making better use of forensic science and improving officers' ability to drug test suspects.
Clr Khan said: "A key part of tackling crime and disorder and improving the quality of life in our neighbourhoods is making sure the police are empowered to act effectively and proportionately.
"I strongly urge interested residents not to miss this opportunity to have your say and help to shape the future of the police service."
The consultation paper is on the Home Office website http://www. homeoffice.gov.uk or copies can be obtained by contacting the Labour group office on 01484 221823.