Adult diversion scheme - Police Manual chapter
The Police Adult Diversion Scheme (diversion) is a lawful way to exercise prosecutorial discretion instead of full prosecution through the court system. It is an alternative means of processing some offences and/or offenders through the courts. The Police Prosecution Service (PPS) is responsible for diversion. Note that the Police Adult Diversion Policy is under review and an updated set of materials will be published in 2022.