PLANS to merge Huddersfield and Dewsbury into one huge police division have been attacked by the man in charge of overseeing the review.
The plan - called Best Value Review - has been put forward to save cash by scrapping higher ranks in the police by amalgamating Huddersfield and Dewsbury into a new Kirklees Police division.
But Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Rutter - who is chairman of the police authority's review group- said the plans should be shelved in the wake of overwhelming public opinion against the idea.
He claimed his views were supported by many senior police officers in both Huddersfield and Dewsbury and most members of the public who think Huddersfield and Dewsbury should remain as separate police divisions.
He said if the merger went ahead, it would create the largest division in West Yorkshire.
He said high-ranking police officers had put forward a very good case for a single division, based purely on finance and savings.
But he added: "As chairman of this review, I feel what the community wants and their wishes should be paramount in this decision.
"We do also understand the chief constable's team is under severe pressure from central Government to make up for the under-funding of the police by making cuts in its command structure.
"The Best Value Review can only make recommendations to the police authority and the authority has the right to accept or reject our recommendations.
"But in my time in the authority it is unheard of to reject the view fully."
Clr Rutter urged the Chief Constable Colin Cramphorn to listen to the review group's views and maintain the status quo.
"This issue is very important to the people of Kirklees."
A West Yorkshire police spokeswoman vowed no police stations would close if the two divisions merged.
She said: "The Best Value process was designed by the Government to test and develop local public services, including policing.
"The review team looking at policing arrangements in Kirklees has yet to conclude its internal discussions, but the process requires us to consider all reasonable options.
"The option for one divisional headquarters rather than two leaves all existing police stations open, but changes the management structure and cost base.
"We believe this will allow us to redirect over £1m of resources back into locally-based operational policing."
She added: "The force has to decide whether the feedback it has received against this proposal outweighs its likely operational benefits."
She said the £1m would come from cutting senior management posts, such as superintendents and chief inspectors, along with other ranks, and combine specialist units and administrative departments.
She said the £1m savings would be the equivalent of about 40 police constables.