My Department and PSNI follow the counting rules stipulated by the Home Office in defining cleared crimes. Clearances, or detections, can be either sanction or non-sanction. The following methods of clearance involve a formal sanction:
Charging or issuing a summons to an offender;
Issuing a caution to the offender;
Having the offence accepted for consideration in court;
In the case of an offender who is a juvenile, issuing an informal warning, restorative caution or prosecutorial diversion.
A non-sanction clearance can be claimed if:
The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) directs no prosecution; or
The case cannot proceed because the offender has died.