Criminal Code Infringement Notices
Legislation under the Criminal Code Amendment (Infringement Notices) Act 2011 now enables WA Police to issue an infringement as an alternative option to deal with criminal conduct. The legislation came into effect in March 2015.
In the past, police have taken offenders to a police station to be charged. This process removes police from the streets and requires many hours of police time processing alleged offenders for prosecution through the courts.
Issuing a Criminal Code Infringement Notice (CCIN) will allow police officers to remain on the streets protecting the community and reduce the number of minor criminal offence appearances in courts.
The issuing of a CCIN is not mandatory and police officers will use their discretion and make an assessment as to the most appropriate course of action for each individual case.
For further information see the CCIN Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).