Penalty Notice for Disorder - Education Scheme (PND-E)

We operate education schemes for Police Forces as an alternative sanction for under age sales of alcohol.

In the operating areas, a police officer can issue a £90 Penalty Notice to a person who sells or supplies alcohol to a person under 18 years of age. The seller then has three options:

  • They can pay the penalty notice of £90, or
  • They can elect to have their case heard by a court, who can impose any level of fine, or
  • They can participate in an approved education scheme, such as the Award in Preventing Under Age Sales, for a fee of £70.

In our scheme, offenders are provided with an information leaflet about the scheme when they receive their Penalty Notice from the police. The offender then makes contact with us to participate in one of our five Award courses:

  • Award in Preventing Under Age Sales for Retail & Licensed Premises
  • Award in Preventing Under Age Sales for Licensed Hospitality
  • Award in Preventing Under Age Access to Restricted Entertainment
  • Award in Preventing Under Age Gambling
  • Award in Preventing Under Age Body Modification

The offender is required to complete a workbook in preparation for an assessment. This workbook is completed in the shop, bar or premises where the offender works. It will take approximately 90 minutes in total to complete all of the exercises.

One of our Compliance Advisors will then arrange to meet with the offender at a mutually convenient location and time - usually at their place of work, where they will complete an assessment and ID verification. This will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

If the offender successfully completes the course (they get one chance to resit the assessment) then they will be issued with a BTEC Level 2 Award in Preventing Under Age Sales and the penalty notice will be cancelled. There is no admission of guilt by agreeing to participate in the education scheme.

Criminal Justice & Police Act 2001

The powers of Chief Officers of Police to establish an education scheme for this offence are contained in Part 1 of the Criminal Justice & Police Act 2001 as amended by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. The scheme is known as a Penalty Notice for Disorder - Education (or PND-E) scheme.

S.2A Educational course schemes

(1) A chief officer of police may establish an educational course scheme under this section in relation to one or more kinds of penalty offence committed in the chief officer's area.

(2) An educational course scheme must include arrangements—

(a) for educational courses relating to the penalty offences to which the scheme relates to be provided to persons who are given penalty notices with an education option, and
(b) for a course fee set by the chief officer of police—

(i) to be paid by a person who attends an educational course, and
(ii) to be refunded in such circumstances (if any) as the chief officer considers appropriate.

(3) The purpose of an educational course mentioned in subsection (2) must be to reduce the likelihood of those who take the course committing the penalty offence, or penalty offences, to which the course relates.

(4) An educational course may be provided by any person who, and have any content that, the chief officer of police considers appropriate given its purpose.

(5) The Secretary of State may by regulations—

(a) provide that the fee mentioned in subsection (2)(b) may not be—

(i) less than an amount specified in the regulations, or
(ii) more than an amount so specified;

(b) make provision for and in connection with the disclosure, for the purpose of running an educational course scheme, of relevant personal information between—

(i) a person who is involved in the provision of an educational course under the scheme,
(ii) the chief officer of police who established the scheme, and
(iii) any other person specified or described in the regulations;

(c) make provision about the use of relevant personal information for that purpose;
(d) place restrictions on the disclosure or use of relevant personal information.

(6) In subsection (5) “relevant personal information” means any information that relates to, and identifies, a person who has been given a penalty notice with an education option.

(7) In this section's application in relation to the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police Force, subsection (1) has effect as if the reference to one or more kinds of penalty offence committed in a chief officer of police's area were a reference to one or more kinds of penalty offence—

(a) committed at, or in relation to, any of the places mentioned in section 31(1)(a) to (f) of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 (places where a constable of the British Transport Police Force has the powers of a constable), or
(b) otherwise relating to a railway.

(8) In subsection (7) “railway” means—

(a) a railway within the meaning given by section 67(1) of the Transport and Works Act 1992 (interpretation), or
(b) a tramway within the meaning given by that section

Contacting us with details of your Penalty Notice

If you have been issued with a Penalty Notice for making an under age sale of alcohol, the officer issuing the notice may have given you an 'education option' or the central ticket office for the local police force may have written to you to offer an 'education option'. If they have you need to click here to tell us the details of your penalty notice so that we can issue your education workbook.