Simple cautions: guidance for police and prosecutors

Guidelines for police officers and Crown Prosecutors on how and when to issue a simple caution for minor offences or first-time offenders.

Applies to England and Wales



The document includes guidance on:

  • deciding if issuing a caution is the right thing to do
  • factors you should take into account
  • how to issue the caution and explain it to someone
  • what to do after you’ve issued the caution

It also lists who can authorise the use of a caution for different offences.

Published 13 November 2013