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House of Commons Hansard
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11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what definition of cleared crimes is used by (a) the Police Service of Northern Ireland and (b) his Department for official figures. [298889]

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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.