Become an ABC Agent

Agent

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 recruiter@abc.ca.gov 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!

Northern California Recruiter

Tim Monelo
tim.monelo@abc.ca.gov
510-447-0572

Southern California Recruiter

Heather Vega
heather.vega@abc.ca.gov
714-920-1577

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?

Question Response

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?

Question Response

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?

Question Response

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.