One of several methods of concluding the action of the criminal justice system in respect of a crime without proceeding to a prosecution; they are administered and effected by the police, and enable them to deal quickly and proportionately with low-level, often first-time offences; they include:
- cannabis warnings,
- penalty notices for disorder,
- community resolutions.
Some have a statutory basis and some do not; they are explained more fully in HMIC’s 2014 report Crime-recording: making the victim count.« Back to Definitions and Interpretations