What to tell us when you apply guide

FtP question 2: Other police actions and fixed penalties

This page will help you answer fitness to practise question 2 on your application.

Has any other action been taken against you by the police or a similar organisation?

Read the guide below before you answer this question as there are some actions you don’t need to tell us about. For example, you don’t need to tell us about fixed penalties for road traffic offences.

Using our ‘What to tell us when you apply’ tool is the best way to help you find out what you do and don’t need to tell us about. If you have already done this, continue reading below.

What do we mean by 'other action taken against you'?

The police and similar organisations can take action against you that doesn’t result in a caution or conviction. We need to know about some of the issues listed below:

  • other police action such as fines
  • penalty notices for disorder
  • anti-social behaviour and community orders.

Read the sections below to find out what you do and don’t need to tell us about.

What do we mean by 'similar organisation'?

An organisation which carries out the same or similar role as the police. This could be in the UK or overseas. For example:

  • military police
  • military
  • national or international security services
  • civil courts.

Other action you do and don't need to tell us about

Other police action 

You need to tell us about other police actions where you haven’t received a caution or conviction, if:

  • you have been interviewed under caution or arrested for a violent or sexual offence
  • you have been charged with a criminal offence and the outcome is pending
  • you have received a cannabis warning in England or Wales
  • the offence has been considered under discretionary disposal in Northern Ireland
  • you received a diversionary option including an informed warning in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • you’ve been given a fiscal fine in Scotland in the last 3 months.

You don’t need to tell us if:

  • you were cautioned or convicted for something that is no longer an offence in the UK
  • you were cautioned or convicted overseas for something that is not an offence in the UK
  • the police gave you a police information notice (PIN)
  • you were issued with a harassment notice. 

Penalty notices for disorder 

Penalty notices for disorder are issued for upper and lower tier offences, usually for anti-social or nuisance behaviour.

If you have accepted a penalty notice for disorder, check your documentation to see whether it’s for an upper or lower tier offence. If it’s an offence in the:

  • upper tier, you need to tell us
  • lower tier, you don’t need to tell us. 

If your documentation doesn’t specify the tier, check our list of the upper and lower tier offences.

Fixed penalty notices 

You don’t need to tell us about fixed penalty notices. But check your documentation to make sure it's not a ‘penalty notice for disorder’ as we do need to know about some of them. 

Fixed penalty notices are usually issued by the police, local authorities and private parking companies for minor criminal or civil offences. These are usually given for driving and traffic offences, but they can be given for other minor offences like fare evasion or littering. 

Anti-social behaviour and community orders

You need to tell us if you have been given:

  • an anti-social behaviour order resulting from civil or criminal proceedings
  • a Community Protection Notice or Civil Injunction in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • a Community Resolution Order in England or Wales.

What to do if the other action taken against you isn’t listed

If the action isn’t listed above, for example if you’ve received a community justice sanction, you need to tell us.

What to do if you need to tell us about other action

If you had other action taken against you, answer yes to fitness to practise question 2 on your application and give the following details:

  • what the further action was, for example, the outcome by the police or courts
  • brief details of the circumstances that led to the action being taken
  • the name of the organisation that took the action, for example, name of the police force or courts and any reference number
  • the date of the action or if unknown please provide an approximate date
  • whether you told your employer or medical school/university, and if so, what the outcome was.

I’m still not sure whether I need to tell you about other action. What should I do?

If you’ve used our ‘What to tell us when you apply’ tool and you’re still not sure get in touch with one of our advisers.