SENIOR officers are being moved to pave the way for a merger of Dewsbury and Huddersfield Police Divisions, say Tories.
They say the moves, by the West Yorkshire Chief Constable Colin Cramphorn, are to get people in the right places to push through merger plans, the Tories say.
Clr Khizar Iqbal, community safety spokesperson for the Dewsbury Area Committee, said Dewsbury's Supt Barry South was being moved to Huddersfield after barely four weeks in the post to take over from Chief Supt John Holt .
"I am extremely concerned at these moves," he said.
"I feel that they are simply paving the way for the merger of these two divisions.
"A merger is simply a cost cutting exercise which is not in the interests of the communities in either Dewsbury or Huddersfield."
Conservative leader Clr Robert Light added: "I would suggest that the transfer of Chief Supt John Holt from Huddersfield is designed to have newly-appointed senior policemen in Dewsbury and Huddersfield.
"The people will readily agree to merger proposals which John Holt, and former Dewsbury Superintendent John Cocliffe, may have opposed.
"Perhaps this is a cynical view.
"But there is no doubt that the merger of Dewsbury and Huddersfield is a move which will be made easier by having relatively new people in senior posts.
"It is fiercely opposed by many councillors and local residents.
"I am convinced that these changes will not be of benefit to local people, and that the Chief Constable has a hidden agenda in his management restructure."