It still amounts to lazy policing, albeit directed from above. They can properly direct the police to record whatever they like. What they should never do is direct the police to apply something which is akin in some ways to a criminal conviction.@Provost police don’t decide ...it’s a home office directive.
Even a criminal caution has to be accepted and acknowledged by the perpetrator or else the matter has to be heard at court. Why? Because a caution has consequences on the person accused and the option must be there to have the matter tested in court.