Police cautions to be reviewed April 4th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Police cautions to be reviewed The use of police cautions for criminal offences in England and Wales is to be reviewed, the government has announced. Cautions, issued at the discretion of police, are a way of sanctioning criminals without going to court. But concerns have been raised that they are being used to deal with repeat offenders and for those who commit serious crimes, contrary to advice. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said the review followed calls for “greater public confidence and transparency in police use of cautions for repeat offenders and for those who commit serious crimes”. In a statement, the MoJ said it would examine: •Existing guidance and practice relating to cautions •Whether there are offences where use of cautions would be “inappropriate” – and if so, what should be used instead •Reasons why multiple cautions are given to some criminals •The difference in their use by different police forces – and whether increased scrutiny is needed to ensure they are used consistently •The impact on individuals of accepting a caution, including how it might affect future employment The MoJ said it was working with the Home Office and Attorney General’s Office, and the review would closely involve the police, Crown Prosecution Service, victims’ organisations, the judiciary and the legal community. The review will report back to ministers by the end of May. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Call OTS www.callots.co.uk Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!