The Alcohol Diversion scheme aims to reduce alcohol-fuelled crime and the risk to individuals and the wider community.
Offenders receive a conditional caution, having been arrested and detained for one of the following offences:
- Drunk and Disorderly (Section 91 Criminal Justice Act 1967, Code DA06)
- Drunk in the Highway (Section 12 of the Licensing Act 1872, Code DB05)
- Section 5 Public Order Act with Alcohol Involvement (Section 5 Public Order Act 1986, Code (DA04)
- Section 4 Public Order Act with Alcohol Involvement (Section 4 Public Order Act 1986)
- Drunk and incapable
Offered as an alternative to a fine, the police-referred scheme covers a number of subjects relating to alcohol, including health management, consequences and way forward for individuals to address their problems.
The course also enables participants to make informed decisions on future drinking habits and reduce the risk of reoffending.
- Duration: 2 hours
- Up to 15 participants
- Price dependent on police force area
- Classroom interactive workshop
- We deliver the scheme in Cumbria, Gwent, North Wales, South Wales
Reasons to attend
You do not need to pay the fine and the police will take no further action.
Local venues available in Cumbria, Gwent, North Wales, South Wales.
Attendance highlights 'willingness' to change behaviour. This is marked on your record as part of an enhanced criminal records check.
Their presentation was superb, clearly spoken with encouragement to provoke responses from the audience. The content detail reflected the breadth of experiences they brought to the course.
Understand the long-term effects of drinking.
Recognise the potential risks to themselves and others in alcohol-fuelled situations.
Gain an increased understanding of alcohol units.
Know how to identify risk situations.
- Who should attend
Anyone issued with a Penalty Notice for Disorder and offered the scheme at the discretion of the police.
- Delivery method
The interactive workshop is relaxed and informative and facilitated by a licenced trainer. There is no police involvement.
- Course requirements
You must arrive 15 minutes early for registration. Late arrivals will be refused entry and their case may be referred back to the police.
You will need to produce a valid driving licence on attending the course. If you do not have a photocard licence you will be required to produce your paper licence (not the counterpart) together with 2 other forms of identification. If you do not have your valid driving licence you can bring your passport or 3 forms of non-photographic ID such as recent utility bill (gas and electric), bank statement and debit/credit card.
This is a theory-only, classroom-based course with no test.
Terms and conditions
This is a quick glance of the course requirements. For more details, refer to our terms and conditions.
- Fees incurred to alter booking
Yes, providing there is sufficient time within the deadline given by the police. You can change the time, date and venue of the course once you have booked. However, there is a charge incurred for changing your booking (see below) which is outlined in our terms and conditions. If you wish to alter/cancel your course date and time within:
- 14 days of your original booking date, it is free of charge to alter/full course fee refunded if cancelled.
- From 15 days after your booking but 8 days before your course date, there is a £10 rearrangement/cancellation fee.
- 7 days before your course, up to and including the course date, there is a £20 rearrangement/cancellation fee.
- If you fail to attend your course and wish to book another, a £20 rearrangement fee will be required.
In the event of you being unable to attend or complete a course due to illness, a rearrangement fee will be applicable. This may be refunded upon receipt of a medical certificate and after review by us.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I attend the course without valid ID?
If you arrive without valid identification you will be refused entry to the course and providing you have sufficient time within your completion date, you will be required to rearrange the course which will incur a rearrangement fee.
- What happens if I am late or unable to attend?
You may be able to rebook, providing there is sufficient time within the deadline by the police, which will incur a rearrangement fee.
If you are ill, you will need to contact us as soon as possible. You will be required to provide a doctor's certificate.
- Can I fail the course?
If you complete the course in a satisfactory way you cannot fail. This means you must:
– Attend the full session.
– Demonstrate a willingness to have more positive attitude to road safety.
– Make a positive contribution to the course.
If you do not manage all these requirements you will be considered to have not completed the course in a satisfactory way and your case will be referred back to the police.
- Can I attend the course voluntarily?
No, you can only attend the course if you have received the offer from the police following an alleged traffic offence.
However, we offer a wide variety of driver training services. Please visit 'driver education and coaching' for more information.
- Do I need to sign in?
Upon arrival, please locate the trainer for registration. The trainer will check your identification and mark your attendance before the course commences.
- Do the police run the course?
The police are not involved in the delivery of the course, however, they will be notified once you have attended and completed to ensure that no further action is taken against you for this incident.
- What happens if the course is cancelled?
In the event of your course being cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we will reschedule it as soon as possible free of charge.
We will email or write to clients advising of the re-arrangement.
- What do I have to do after attending the course?
Nothing. Once you have attended and completed the course TTC will update the system to state that you have attended and completed. This will also update the national police database and no further action will be taken.
- Do you provide food?
No. You will have to bring your own lunch if you wish to eat during the break.
- Can I do the course in another language?
Courses are delivered in the English language. In Gwent, North and South Wales, some courses are also available in the Welsh language. If your understanding of English is not sufficient to be able to understand and participate in the course then you can bring a friend or family member to act as a translator for you free of charge. You must inform us that you are bringing someone with you to translate.
If you have notified us that you are bringing an interpreter, this must be the person named on the booking. They must bring photo ID and be aged 16 or over.
If you arrive at the course without an interpreter and the trainer feels that you are unable to understand them and the course content sufficiently then you will be unable to complete the course. This is because it is important for all participants to be able to understand the trainer and the course content in order to gain the intended experience and knowledge from the session.
- Is a hearing loop available?
Some of the course venues have hearing loops or can provide hearing loops but some do not have this facility. If you require a hearing loop please contact us and we will do everything we can to accommodate this need.
- Is there any reading or writing involved?
You are given a course booklet that has space to make notes but is only for your records, it is not handed in at the end of the course.