HALTON has been selected to pilot a new system of cautioning offenders.
It would mean anyone receiving a caution could also have to comply with a number of conditions as well.
And criminals could be issued with a caution as an alternative to being prosecuted - depending on the nature of the offence.
Receiving a caution means the details will remain on police files and may have to be disclosed when applying for work.
New Conditional Cautions are designed for adult offenders, who are willing to admit their guilt and who have committed relatively low level offences.
If the scheme is successful in Halton and Warrington, it will be extended to the rest of Cheshire.
Conditions must be approved by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) based on evidence, information and suggested conditions put forward by the police.
The conditions are aimed at rehabilitation and making good the harm the offender has caused.
For example, a criminal damage offender could be required to pay compensation and write a letter of apology to the owner.
If the offender does not satisfy the conditions, the prosecution can pro -secute for the original offence.
Steve Collett, chairman of Cheshire Criminal Justice Board, said: 'Conditional Cautions are proving to be an invaluable tool for dealing with the kind of offence and offender where the time of the courts and public expense can be spared.
'The scheme also gives individual victims the opportunity to say how certain offenders should be dealt with.'
A RUNCORN woman who was drunk and disorderly has become the first to receive a conditional caution from Cheshire Constabulary.
Officers arrested the 22-year-old woman in Murdishaw during the early hours of Wednesday, September 27. She was subsequently issued with a conditional caution, with the condition being that she attends an alcohol assessment session.