POLICE and the public received awards for bravery or dedication to duty - but the star of the ceremony was a 14-year-old boy.
James Struk spotted a man stealing a stereo from a car in Moldgreen.
He immediately told the owner and gave such a good description to the police they managed to arrest him.
James received a divisional commander's Certificate Of Merit from Kirklees police commander, Chief Supt Barry South.
James, a pupil at Almondbury High, said: "I went to my friend's house and saw two men near a car which had its window smashed.
" I saw one of the men lean into the car and steal the radio."
The car owner heard his vehicle alarm go off and rushed out to investigate.
James told him what had happened and the man chased after the thieves while his wife made a note of James's phone number.
He gave such a good description to the police that the officers knew who he was talking about. One of the suspects was arrested the next night.
He was charged with more than 20 car crime offences.
James lives in Dalton with mum, Jennifer, dad Steven, 18-year-old sister, Vicky, and five-year-old sister, Charlotte.
Jennifer said: "We are very proud of James and what he did that day."
The presentations were made at Lockwood Park by Chief Supt South and Assistant Chief Constable David Crompton.
Chief Supt South said: "It's extremely important to pay tribute to those who have gone beyond the call of duty and to recognise acts of bravery."