Policy Details

Simple Cautions

Dated: 16 Sep 2015

NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

POLICY TITLE: Simple Cautions

OWNING DIRECTORATE: Prosecution Support, Crime Department

AUTHOR: David Heslop, Head of Prosecution Support

CONTACT DETAILS: Ext 63608

EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT: Complete

AUTHORISED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (APP) NATIONAL GUIDANCE: AVAILABLE


AIM OF POLICY: To deal quickly and simply with less serious offenders, to divert them from an unnecessary appearance in the criminal courts, and to reduce the chances of their re-offending.

BENEFIT OF POLICY: Improved working practices within the Criminal Justice System.

REASON FOR POLICY: Force policy has been determined after consideration of the guidance contained in the Home Office Circular (HOC) 16/2008.


DESCRIPTION OF POLICY:

Northumbria Police continues to support the principle of adult cautioning, the aim of which is:

  • to deal quickly and simply with less serious offenders;
  • to divert them from an unnecessary appearance in the criminal courts; and
  • to reduce the chances of their re-offending.

Force policy has been determined after consideration of the guidance contained in HOC 16/2008. The Northumbria Police policy is as follows:

  • To make objective, consistent and effective disposal decisions for adult offenders;
  • To retain the confidence of the public and the courts in cautioning as an effective diversion from prosecution, by administering Simple Cautions only where the appropriate criteria is met;
  • To bring criminal charges only where both the evidence is sufficient and the public interest requires it;
  • To ensure that offenders pass through the Criminal Justice System quickly and equitably; and
  • To maintain inter-agency monitoring, to provide regular feedback to Criminal Justice agencies and the public about the operation of the scheme.

SOURCE DOCUMENT: HOC 16/2008.

GROUPS AFFECTED: All staff.

ACCESS AND DISCLOSURE RESTRICTIONS: None.