Speaking on the publication of new Ministry of Justice (MoJ) guidance on the use of cautions and the launch of the MoJ review of out-of-court disposals, National policing lead on out-of-court-disposals, Surrey Chief Constable Lynne Owens, said:
"It is in everyone's interests that the justice system is as simple and clear to understand as possible. The current range of out of court disposals is too complicated and bureaucratic; we recommended and support its review.
"It is important that there is room for officer discretion in any system to ensure the punishment is proportionate to the offence. I'm pleased that the Simple Cautions Review showed that where discretion is being used it is being done so properly, and in my view this is important to maintain."