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Agent, Alcoholic Beverage Control

Agent, Alcoholic Beverage Control Series

California State Personnel Board Specification

Series established April 10, 2012

Scope

This is a series specification that describes two Agent classes used to perform investigative work at the recruiting/learning, entry/training, journey, and full journey levels throughout the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.These classes have full peace officer powers pursuant to Penal Code Section 830.2 to investigate alleged violations of alcoholic beverage related laws and rules and any provisions of law throughout the State. Agents perform the full range of peace officer duties and responsibilities in the accomplishment of their assignments and provide technical assistance and training to local and State law enforcement.

 

Agent, Alcoholic Beverage Control Series Series Specification - Class Titles and Codes
Schem Code Class Code Class
VI66 1012 Agent Trainee, Alcoholic Beverage Control
VI67 1013 Agent, Alcoholic Beverage Control

Definition of Series

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 arrestand 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.

 

Definition of Levels

Agent Trainee, Alcoholic Beverage Control

The Agent Trainee is a recruiting/training level class. Under close supervision, the incumbent learns investigative techniques and procedures, including application of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws, rules, and regulations, by assisting Agents in conducting routine investigations of criminal and/or administrative violations committed on or about alcoholic beverage control licensed premises by licensees, their employees, and/ormembers of the general public. Responsibilities include assisting in locating and interviewing witnesses and persons suspected of violations; and collecting and preserving evidence to support administrative action and/or prosecution.

Agent, Alcoholic Beverage Control

The Agent, Alcoholic Beverage Control, is a deep class with three alternate ranges. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, conducting independent investigations of criminal and/or administrative violations committed on or about alcoholic beverage control licensed premises by licensees, their employees, and/or members of the general public; and interpreting and explaining the provisions of the laws, rules, and regulations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, Penal Code, Health and Safety Code, and Vehicle Code.

Agents at Range A are entry level and conduct independent investigations of criminal and/or administrative violations committed on or about alcoholic beverage control licensed premises by licensees, their employees, and/or members of the general public; locate and interview witnesses and persons suspected of violations; collect and preserve evidence to support administrative action and/or prosecution; determine type of case and develop investigation plan; prepare clear, concise, and accurate documents and reports detailing investigation activities and findings; maintain accurate master investigation case files; develop field operation plans, and safely executing them; perform undercover assignments and surveillance operations; provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies and others; make physical arrests; maintain liaison with Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; and testify in criminal court and/or administrative hearings.

Agents at Range B are journey level and conduct more complex and difficult investigations and demonstrate a broader knowledge and application of investigative techniques and procedures. Agents, in addition to the above, conduct undercover and high-profile criminal investigations; and write, secure, and serve arrest and search warrants.

Agents at Range C are full journey level and conduct or participate in the most difficult and sensitive investigations. In addition to all of the above, investigations include, but are not limited to, vice, gambling, prostitution, narcotics, receiving stolen property, or similar activities normally associated with organized and street-level crime; act as lead in long-term criminal and administrative investigations; and coordinates and directs resources and the activities of lower-level agents and allied law enforcement representatives. Incumbents exercise wide discretion and independence of action while consulting, training, and maintaining liaison with allied law enforcement personnel; and develop program and investigative policies for Department-wide use.

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).

Agent Trainee, Alcoholic Beverage Control

Either 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 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 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.

Agent, Alcoholic Beverage Control

Either 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 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 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.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Agent Trainee, Alcoholic Beverage Control

Knowledge of: Investigation techniques and procedures; rules of evidence and court procedures; laws of arrest, search and seizure; legal rights of citizens; service of legal process; and knowledge of the Alcoholic Beverage Control and related statutes and regulations.

 

Ability to: Interpret and apply laws and regulations to specific situations; gather and analyze facts and evidence; reason logically, draw valid conclusions, and make appropriate recommendations; communicate effectively; prepare written documents and accurate detailed investigation reports clearly and concisely; follow written and oral instructions; participate effectively in investigations and interviews; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with Federal, State, local law enforcement agencies, and others.

Agent, Alcoholic Beverage Control

Knowledge of: All of the above, and interviewing techniques; duties of Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; and provisions of the laws, rules, or regulations enforced or administered.

 

Skill to: Perform investigatory work; and plan, organize, and direct investigations.

 

Ability to: All of the above, and analyze situations accurately, think and act quickly in emergencies, and take an immediate and effective course of action; develop, organize, prioritize, and manage multiple case investigations, work plans, and other assignments or tasks; review and evaluate the work of others; and provide guidance and constructive feedback..

 

Special Personal Characteristics

Aptitude for investigation work; be flexible; willingness as a learner to do outine or detailed work in order to learn the practical application of investigative principles; willingness to travel throughout the state of California; willingness to work away from home for extended periods of time; willingness to work long, irregular, and unusual hours as required; willingness to work weekends, evenings, nights, and holidays as required; willingness to associate with criminally-inclined persons; keenness of observation; good memory for names, faces, places, and incidents; neat personal appearance; tact; reliability; emotional stability and maturity; satisfactory record as a law-abiding citizen; demonstrated capacity for development as evidenced by work history, academic attainment, participation in school, or other activities or by well-defined occupational or vocational interests; work under stress and adverse conditions; freedom from any physical or mental condition that would interfere with the full performance of the essential duties of a peace officer; effective use of both hands, both arms, and both legs; strength, endurance, and agility; normal hearing; normal vision (20/20) or vision corrected to normal; color vision must be adequate to successfully perform the job measured by the Ishihara Pseudo-Chromatic Plate Test or for persons failing the Ishihara, the Farnsworth D-15 Arrangement Test; and weight in proportion to height.

Minimum Age

Minimum age for appointment: 21 years

Peace Officer Standards

 

Citizenship Requirement: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031(a), in order to be a peace officer, a person must either be a U.S. Citizen or be a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for U. S. Citizenship. Any permanent resident alien who is employed as a peace officer shall be disqualified from holding that position if his/her application for citizenship is denied.

 

Felony Disqualification: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1029, persons convicted of a felony are disqualified from employment as peace officers except as provided under Welfare and Institutions Code, Division 2, Chapter 3, Article 8, Section 1179(b), or Division 2.5, Chapter 1, Article 4, Section 1772(b). Except as provided for by these statutes, persons convicted of a felony are not eligible to compete for, or be appointed to, positions in peace officer classifications.

 

Firearm Conviction Disqualification: Anyone who is restricted for employment-related purposes from accessing, possessing, carrying, receiving, or having under his/her control a firearm or ammunition under all applicable State or Federal laws is ineligible for appointment to any position in peace officer classifications.

 

Firearms Requirement: Persons convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence as defined in the amended Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 are disqualified from appointment to peace officer classifications

 

Background Investigation: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031, persons successful in peace officer examinations shall be required to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to appointment including voice stress analysis or a polygraph test.

 

Medical Requirement: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031, persons appointed to peace officer classifications shall undergo a medical examination to determine that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job safely and effectively.

 

Psychological Requirement: Pursuant to POST Regulations 1002(a)(7) requires psychological screening of applicants for peace officer classifications prior to appointment date.

 

Training Requirements: Under provisions of Penal Code Section 832, successful completion of a California Peace Officers Standards and Training approved academy, or possession of a California Peace Officers Standards and Training Basic Certificate or equivalent, as well as successful completion of the Department's Field Training Officer Program, is a requirement for permanent status in these classifications.

 

Drug Testing Requirement: Applicants for positions in these classes are required to pass a drug-screening test.

Class History

Agent, Alcoholic Beverage Control Series History - Dates Established, Revised, and Title Changed
Class Date Established Date Revised Title Changed
Agent Trainee, Alcoholic Beverage Control 04/10/2012 -- --
Agent, Alcoholic Beverage Control 04/10/2012 -- --
  Updated: 6/3/2012
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