POLICE who disarmed a knifeman and freed a hostage are among several to receive awards for their bravery.
They were among officers from across Dewsbury receiving honours for courage, tenacity or other outstanding work.
All - along with one member of the public - received Divisional Commander's Certificates Of Merit from Dewsbury police commander Supt Barry South at the town's police station.
Supt South said: "All those who received awards had been recommended for outstanding work in helping the public of West Yorkshire.
"The award winners and their families should be rightly proud of their achievements."
One of the most dramatic incidents happened in Thornhill.
Sgt Nicola Thompson, Pc Carl Horsfall and Pc Carl Farley were called to a house there on New Year's Day 2002.
A man was being held at knifepoint and Sgt Thompson struck up a rapport with the knifeman who was very aggressive. She persuaded him to come to the door and as he did so, the other two police officers overpowered and disarmed him.
The hostage was released unharmed. The offender was given a community rehabilitation order for two years and a curfew order for six months.
* Pc Christian Rushworth was honoured for spotting and arresting a burglar while off duty.
He saw three people acting suspiciously at Dunbottle Lane in Mirfield last May. He watched them for a while and saw one of the group walk into a nearby house. He confronted the burglar when he left the home and found stolen property on him. The man was charged with burglary and imprisoned for three-and-a-half years.
* Pc Brian Richardson and Pc Darren Westmoreland saved the life of a man who had collapsed after suffering an allergic reaction to medication.
They were called to a house at Granny Lane, Mirfield, last February to follow up reports that the man living there had not been seen since the previous evening. They found him unconscious at the bottom of some cellar steps. Pc Richardson and Pc Westmoreland gave him vital first aid and the man went on to make a full recovery in hospital.
* Pc Stuart Bainbridge, Pc Shaun Lewis and Pc Richard Hilton faced a violent man armed with a knife on Christmas Day 2002.
They were called to a house at Woodkirk Gardens in Dewsbury after there had been a series of incidents there earlier in the day. People had been hurt and property damaged but the suspect had evaded arrest. But this time he had returned brandishing a knife.
Pc Hilton and Pc Lewis were the first to arrive and tried to persuade him to drop the weapon, but he refused. They used CS spray to disarm the man and then struggled to arrest him. Pc Bainbridge then arrived and together all three managed to arrest the man, who was struggling violently. He was later charged with 13 offences and jailed for three-and-a-half years.
* Security guard Lee Atkinson stopped a violent attack outside a Dewsbury department store.
Mr Atkinson, of Earlsheaton, saw one man attack another with a chair leg. He intervened and pulled the attacker away before alerting the police and CCTV operators on his Shopwatch radio. He then chased the attacker, caught and held him until police arrived. The man was jailed for 10 months for assault.
* Sgt Stephen Forrest and Pc Andrew Geeson gave first aid to a man who had been stabbed.
They were called to a house in Earlsheaton in September 2002 and found 18-year-old rugby player Mark Fisher with stab wounds.
They gave artificial resuscitation until an ambulance arrived. They went to extraordinary lengths to try to save his life, but Mr Fisher was dead on arrival at Dewsbury District Hospital.
Newsome man James Samuels was later acquitted of both murder and manslaughter.
* Pc Richard Clarke received two certificates of merit for two separate incidents - both while he was off-duty.
He gave first aid to a man who had suffered a heart attack in Bradford in November 2002. He also preserved evidence at the scene of a fatal road accident in South Yorkshire last March.
* Retired Pc Angela Batty was honoured in recognition of her excellent services as community officer in Dewsbury town centre from January 1992 to February 2004.
* Thirteen Special Constables (Sc), Section Officers (So) and Senior Section Officers (Sso) received awards in recognition of dedication and hard work.
Certificates for working over the required hours were awarded to Sc Simon Joy, So Nrgus Rahman, Sc Richard Potter, So Ian Horlsey, Sso James Ainsworth, So Stephen Foster, Sc Marc Sheldrake, Sc Kamala Nadkarni, Sc Oliver Kynaston, So Trina Haynes, Sc Sarah Bampton and Sc Felicity Whitteron. Awards for successfully completing training were awarded to Sc Simon Joy, So Nrgus Rahman, Sc Richard Potter and So Stephen Foster.