A KIRKLEES councillor is stepping up his fight to keep open police help desks.
Clr Dennis Hullock, Liberal Democrat for Dewsbury East, is continuing his fight to keep the frontline help desk at Dewsbury Police Station open 24 hours a day.
And he fears the possible creation of a single regional police force for all of the Yorkshire and Humber region would make the services it provides even more vital to sustaining good working relations with local people.
Clr Hullock said: "The proposed creation of a single regional police force for all of Yorkshire and Humberside is a massive change which will inevitably affect the way in which people relate to the police. The danger, as far as I can see, is that people will no longer perceive the police as a local service answerable to local people, but as a distant and un- accountable body.
"This would not be to the advantage of anyone, especially the police who rely on the public for help and support in carrying out their work."
Police have already announced plans to shut some help desks and restrict hours at others.
Clr Hullock said: "The frontline help desk at Dewsbury Police Station needs to stay open 24 hours a day for two reasons.
"Firstly, because it is the only station in the whole of North Kirklees where residents can go at any time of the day or night to get help from the police.
"Secondly, because retaining its open hours would send out the message that the police are not beginning to isolate themselves from the public at a time of potentially massive change in the way they work".
He added: "I will continue to fight for the help desk at Dewsbury so that local people can be reassured that the police are always at the heart of the communities, 24 hours a day, despite what changes come about."