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The TABC was established in 1935 as the state regulatory agency covering all phases of the alcoholic beverage industry in the State of Texas. The duties of the Commission include regulating sales, taxation, importation, manufacturing, transporting, and advertising of alcoholic beverages.
The Enforcement Division, the agency's largest unit, is responsible for the criminal and administrative enforcement of the state's alcoholic beverage laws. Its agents, each of whom is a commissioned police officer with state-wide jurisdiction, inspect premises licensed by the agency and investigate alleged violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Code and other state laws such as bootlegging, application fraud, ownership subterfuge, sales to minors, possession by minors, prostitution, gambling, narcotics trafficking, illegal weapons, and organized criminal activities. Enforcement agents also provide regular instruction to school children, licensees and their employees, and to members of civic groups to promote a better understanding of the law and voluntary compliance.
The Chief of Field Operations oversees the activities of five regional supervisors who, in turn, direct the enforcement efforts of more than 200 agents across the state. Regional offices are located in Dallas, Houston, Amarillo, Austin, and San Antonio. The Enforcement Division also maintains additional offices throughout the State.
Those joining the Enforcement Division as commissioned peace officers are hired as Agent Trainees, an entry level position. After satisfactorily completing a 12-month probationary period, Agent Trainees are reclassified as Agent I's. Agent I is the first step of a career ladder which over a twenty-year period may advance the employee to the rank of Senior Agent. In addition, career opportunities are also available to the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain.
Due to financial and operational constraints applicants who are not currently certified as a licensed peace officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) will not be considered in the next selection process.
Basic qualifications for the position of Agent Trainee include:
Additional details and qualifications will be provided in the job posting.
The selection process consists of various phases which include the application screening, followed by a standard aptitude test, appearance before an oral interview board, and an extensive background investigation of all finalists. Credit history, character, past employment and driving record will be verified during the background investigation.
In-service training and approved elective courses are provided annually. Agent Trainees receive specialized training during the first months of employment.
|Years of TABC Service||Annual||Monthly|
|Agent I (less than 4 years)||$47,221||$3,935.08|
|Agent II (4-7 years)||$50,988||$4,249.00|
|Agent III (8-11 years)||$54,860||$4,571.67|
|Agent IV (12-15 years)||$57,504||$4,792.00|
|Agent V (16-19 years)||$60,307||$5,025.88|
|Senior Agent (20 years or more)||$61,793||$5,149.42|
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission welcomes your inquiry into the law enforcement duties and responsibilities of an Enforcement Division agent. We hope this information will assist you with your law enforcement career decisions. If you believe you are capable of enhancing the traditions and standards established by the Commission, please "accept the challenge" and apply.