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The field operations division is responsible for the criminal and administrative enforcement of the state's alcoholic beverage laws. Certified peace officers, known as TABC agents, and civilian compliance auditors inspect premises licensed by the agency and investigate alleged violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Code and other state laws. Increasingly, the commission has placed a greater emphasis on developing initiatives that target the problems associated with underage drinking and over-consumption of alcohol.
Both enforcement agents and compliance auditors provide training to permit holders and their employees, upon request as well as in response to age law violations by the permittee. In addition, presentations are delivered to schoolchildren, ranging from middle schools to university settings. Finally, they provide presentations to civic organizations and other law enforcement agencies in an attempt to promote a better understanding of the law and the roles and responsibilities of the agency.