Source: (2002) Probation Journal. 49: 238.

In 2000, nearly a quarter of a million people received a police caution, accounting for a third of all criminal justice disposals. The rules governing cautions have primarily been guided by Home Office Circular 18/1994, which sets out the purpose of cautions as: 1)Expediency – to deal quickly with less serious offenders; 2)Diversionary – to divert less serious offenders from the Courts; 3) Reductionary – to reduce the risk of further offending. (excerpt)