A young man who died after intervening to stop a knife attack was among a host of "have a go heroes" honoured in an awards ceremony.
Winners of the Police Provincial Awards for 2004 tackled dangerous or violent criminals with little thought for their own safety.
One award was presented posthumously to the family of 25-year-old Liam Attwell, who was stabbed through the heart when he confronted a gang of youths who were attempting to steal from a group of young people in Bristol.
Association of Chief Police Officers president Chris Fox said: "As police we often ask people to stand up and be counted.
"Well, today we have 24 who have done so in most trying circumstances."
Among the award winners was Alan Thompson, aged 43, from Coventry, who helped restrain an armed man who was attempting to snatch a cash box from a security guard.
Raymond Powell, aged 58, from Nuneaton, was also given an award for detaining an armed raider who was attempting to take a cash box from a security guard.
Sandra Brazao, aged 27, from Stoke-on-Trent, was honoured after she struggled with a man during an armed robbery.
A further 39 members of the public were commended at the ceremony at Birmingham's NEC.