A WIRRAL officer is among more than 60 members of Merseyside Police who have been commended by the Chief Constable for their dedication, professionalism and service to the public.

The 59 officers and three civilian support staff were joined at the commendation ceremony by a taxi driver, who had intervened in a mugging and detained the offender.

Among the officers commended at headquarters yesterday was Constable Aimee Jones who, along with four colleagues, disarmed a man who had stabbed his partner during a domestic assault in Moreton.

Deputy Chief Constable Andrew Cooke, who presented the recipients with the Chief Constable's commendations, said: "These commendations highlight the commitment, courage and professionalism of our officers and staff.

"They do not take their responsibilities lightly and have undertaken their roles with dignity and a quiet determination to ensure they provide an excellent service to the people of Merseyside."

He added: "The brave involvement of a taxi driver during a mugging in April stopped the victim being even more seriously injured during the attack and led to the female offender being arrested and jailed.

"This member of the public saw a crime in progress, called the police, then showed immense community spirit in going to the victim's aid.

"I am immensely proud of each and every one of the recipients of these commendations. They are a credit to themselves, their families and this force."

Also commended for her consistently outstanding performance since joining the force in 2001 was media manager Donna Dawber, and the force's Crimestoppers co-ordinator (who wishes to remain anonymous) for improving and promoting the independent charity in their 13 years in the role.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, Jane Kennedy, said: "I'm very pleased to be celebrating the courage and dedication to duty of Merseyside Police officers and staff today.

"There are some remarkable examples of personal bravery and commitment."