Agent Job Opportunities

    The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control employs agents in various locations throughout the State. An agent with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is a non-uniformed, sworn peace officer who performs the full range of peace officer duties and responsibilities in the accomplishment of his/her assignments.

    Agents of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control focus on criminal activity in and around locations where alcoholic beverages are sold, served, or consumed. Agents conduct both undercover and high profile criminal investigations involving violations of all Federal and State laws and local municipal codes. Agents regularly conduct or participate in the most difficult and sensitive enforcement investigations involving vice, gambling, prostitution, narcotics, receiving stolen property, or similar activities normally associated with organized crime and commercial bribery. Agents conduct long-term criminal and administrative investigations and adapt to unforeseen circumstances by responding to misdemeanor and felony crimes in progress. Agents work independently, but are also called upon to assist and rain allied law enforcement. While affecting arrests, Agents are oftentimes required to use reasonable force to overcome resistance from suspects. Agents often work in high crime areas during late night hours. Agents write, secure, and serve arrest and search warrants. Agents investigate complaints received from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, the public, governmental agencies, law enforcement, and public officials. Agents locate and interview suspects and witnesses and analyze and evaluate their testimony; collect and preserve evidence; examine a variety of records; gather, assemble, preserve, and report facts, statements, or affidavits and other evidence for use in legal actions; appear as witnesses, and arrange for the appearance of other witnesses, to present testimony in criminal court or administrative hearings; serve legal papers; interpret and explain the provisions of the laws, rules, and regulations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, Penal Code, Health and Safety Code, and Vehicle Code; maintain liaison with Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; prepare detailed and comprehensive arrest and investigative reports; and may develop program investigation expertise. Agents are designated second responders by the State of California for deployment to areas or situations of a dangerous or catastrophic nature; and perform other related duties.

     

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:


    Applicants are required to meet the provisions of California Penal Code Section 832 and complete training courses prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Possession of a valid California driver license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

    The minimum qualifications for the Agent Trainee position are:

    Either Pattern I

      Education: Equivalent to completion of two years of college (60 semester units) with a major in criminal justice, law enforcement, criminology, administration of justice, or police science. (Students who have completed at least 30 semester units will be admitted to the examination, but they must produce evidence of completion of the required 60 semester units before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)

    Or Pattern II

      Education: Equivalent to completion of the 12th grade [U.S. high school diploma, high school equivalency (GED), or California High School Proficiency Exam].

      AND

      Experience: Two years of active duty military service while in the United States Armed Forces performing law enforcement and/or directly associated security functions with an honorable discharge for said service.

    Or Pattern III

      Education: Equivalent to completion of the 12th grade [U.S. high school diploma, high school equivalency (GED), or California High School Proficiency Exam].

      AND

      Experience: Graduation from a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy or equivalent.

    The minimum qualifications for the Agent examination are:

    Either Pattern I

      Experience: One year of experience in the California state service performing duties of an Agent Trainee, Alcoholic Beverage Control, or at a comparable level performing investigative duties. (Applicants who are within six months of satisfying the experience requirement for this pattern will be admitted into the examination, but they must satisfactorily complete one year of experience in the class before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)

    OR Pattern II

      Experience: Two years of experience as a peace officer (as defined in the California Penal Code Section 830 et. seq.) performing investigative work as part of regular enforcement activity.



    OR Pattern III

      Education: Equivalent to graduation (four year degree) from an accredited college/university. (Students in their senior year in college will be admitted to the examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation or its equivalent before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)


    SALARY:


    Agent Trainee Salary Range: $2987 - $3565 per month

    Agent Salary Range A: $3902 - $4798 per month
    Agent Salary Range B: $4454 - $5744 per month
    Agent Salary Range C: $4888 - $6318 per month

    LOCATIONS:


    The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has offices in Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Humboldt, Kern, Los Angeles, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sonoma, Sutter and Ventura counties.

    TESTING:


    For additional information, please e-mail HumanResources@abc.ca.gov or call (916) 419-2582. At the end of the recording, speaking slowly and clearly, please state your name, address and telephone number including area code, spelling your name and address. Please leave a telephone number where you can be reached during normal business hours.