ABC Agents are fully sworn peace officers who primarily work plainclothes investigating criminal and administrative violations of the state’s alcoholic beverage laws.
ABC Agents also work undercover investigating vice violations including narcotics, gambling, human trafficking, receiving stolen property, and alcohol-related crimes.
ABC Agents collaborate with local communities to address neighborhood problems and quality of life issues.
Additionally, ABC partners with local law enforcement agencies to prevent alcohol-related crime by raising awareness of the danger of driving under the influence, conducting proactive business inspections, and engaging with teens about alcohol use and abuse.
Steps to Become an ABC Agent
These six steps outline the ABC Agent and Agent Trainee application and hiring process. Follow this outline closely to ensure application completeness and to prevent unnecessary delays. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Peace Officer Requirements
Before applying for the Agent or Agent Trainee positions, please review the following Peace Officer Candidate Selection Standards.
Contact a Recruiter
If you are interested in a meaningful career with the ABC and have questions, we want to hear from you! Send an email or call a recruiter today!
Salary and Benefits
Join the ABC for an exciting career that offers competitive monthly salaries, generous vacation and retirement benefits, opportunities for growth, work-life balance, and the opportunity to make a positive impact in communities throughout California.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to start my career with ABC as an Agent Trainee, or can I apply for the Agent position if I meet the minimum qualifications?
You do not have to start your employment with ABC as an Agent Trainee, as both the Agent and Agent Trainee positions are entry-level positions. The minimum required qualifications for the two classifications differ, so please review the position details carefully.
Do I have to attend a police academy?
If you do not already possess a valid POST Basic Certificate or equivalent, you must attend a POST Basic Academy. Recruits are generally sent to an academy within the jurisdiction of the district office that they are assigned to. If there are multiple basic academies within that jurisdiction, the agent will attend the academy that begins closest to his/her anticipated hire date.
What is the hiring process for laterals?
The application and hiring process is the same for laterals as any other applicant. Laterals, however, will not have to attend another police academy when hired.
I have over two years of law enforcement experience outside of California. Do I meet the minimum qualifications of two years of experience as a peace officer for the Agent exam?
To qualify for the agent exam under the law enforcement experience qualification, you must have at least two years of sworn peace officer experience with a California law enforcement agency. Please review the other minimum qualifications as you may be eligible under the education requirements.