PND Waiver Scheme - 969/12
Dated: 19 Dec 2012
Date of request: 11/12/2012
Date of response: 19/12/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 11 December 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
I wondered if you could tell me whether your force operates a waiver scheme for PND recipients, such as where they attend an education session (such as alcohol awareness) instead of paying the fine/in exchange for a reduced fine? I am specifically looking at the penalty notice for disorder tickets, rather than traffic tickets (I am aware that a number of such schemes operate for driving offences). If you don't operate a PND waiver scheme, I would greatly appreciate it if you could let me know by return e-mail, and if you do operate a PND waiver scheme, I would really appreciate it if you could answer the following brief questions about that scheme
When did you introduce a waiver scheme?
What offences does the waiver scheme apply to?
Is there any fee associated with attending the education course?
Is the ticket cancelled upon completion of the course?
What is the nature of the education session (e.g. number of hours, group/one-to-one sessions)?
Do you have any data about the success of the scheme (such as reoffending rates/reduced alcohol consumption)?
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Fixed Penalty Unit of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
Northumbria Police have just started a pilot for a scheme on 10th December 2012
Alcohol - Drunk and Disorderly
£40.00 (instead of the PND Fee)
The course is a one-off, 3.5 hour session (flexible options relating to morning, afternoon, evening and weekend sessions are available). The course content includes education around alcohol and it harms (physical and social) and also around changing behaviours relating to alcohol use.
The scheme has just started, as per question 1, therefore there is no data available as yet.
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