PSNI Test Purchasing of Alcohol Scheme
The Police Service are currently carrying out a review of the Test Purchase of Alcohol Scheme and in order to facilitate this review, have temporarily suspended the test purchasing scheme.
Therefore, the Initial Registration of Interest Form (TP1) is not currently available to download
Initial Registration of Interest - Participation in the PSNI Test Purchasing of Alcohol Scheme
Article 67 of the Criminal Justice (NI) Order 2008 amended the Licensing (NI) Order 1996 by adding Article 60A to the Licensing (NI) Order 1996. This has provided test purchase powers, to enable police officers to identify any licensed premises which maybe selling alcohol to under 18-year-old persons. Test purchasing of alcohol powers are used to address under age drinking by preventing the illegal sale and supply of alcohol to young persons in the community.
The Police Test Purchase of Alcohol Scheme provides opportunities for children to volunteer who may wish to consider participating in this scheme. Within the scheme, you may become involved in assisting the police with test purchase of alcohol operations that will check to ensure licensed premises are not illegally selling or supplying children with alcohol. The welfare and safety of all children who volunteer to assist with such test purchase of alcohol operations is the paramount consideration for police.
In order to be eligible you must be at least 15½ years of age. However, if you are selected you may only become involved in test purchase operations from the age of 16 up until you are 17 years of age. Participation within the scheme is entirely voluntary and will also require your written consent. In addition, your parent, guardian or carer must also provide written consent for you to participate in the PSNI Test Purchase of Alcohol Scheme.
If you have a genuine interest in being considered for the PSNI Test Purchase of Alcohol Scheme, please complete the initial registration of interest form TP1. The form MUST also be completed and signed by your parent, guardian or carer. The Police Service will then contact your parent, guardian or carer to arrange a meeting with you to discuss further details of the scheme.
Your completed application form MUST BE hand delivered to either your local or any convenient police station. All completed applications MUST BE securely sealed in an envelope and addressed to the District Commander responsible for the council area where you live. For your convenience the addresses of these police stations are listed on page 2 of this form.
To ensure your anonymity and safety DO NOT post your application form using the Royal Mail or any other private courier service. In addition, you should also never tell or disclose to anyone, other than your parent, guardian or carer that you have expressed an interest in or are involved in assisting police with test purchase of alcohol operations.
All children expressing an interest in the PSNI Scheme should note that they will be placed in a pool along with other applicants within the local police district. You should also note that being placed into the pool does not provide any guarantee that you will become involved in a PSNI test purchase of alcohol operation.
Download the initial registration of interest form TP1