Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco Bureau of Law Enforcement

The Bureau of Law Enforcement actively recruits qualified law enforcement officers and investigation specialists to join the Division’s enforcement program.  Enforcement functions of the Division’s regulatory mission primarily focus on inspections of licensed premises and premises seeking to be licensed, investigative surveys for license compliance with prohibitions on sales of alcohol and products containing tobacco or nicotine to underage persons, and investigations of criminal or non-compliant activity alleged at licensed locations.  The Bureau of Law Enforcement maintains both sworn and non-sworn positions statewide with twelve district offices covering all 67 Florida counties, and collectively, the Division’s enforcement team is committed to making a difference in promoting and enforcing the safe and responsible operation of environments where alcoholic beverages and products containing tobacco or nicotine are sold.

Position vacancies are advertised regularly through the State of Florida’s PeopleFirst job portal at https://jobs.myflorida.com.  At the PeopleFirst website, check for position advertisements by selecting the Department of Business and Professional Regulation or search from the main page using the keyword “alcohol” to find information on currently available positions.

For immediate reference, review the minimum requirements and duties for a sample position advertisement for a law enforcement investigator or an investigation specialist below.  Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for employment and do not possess any disqualifying factors are required to complete a supplemental application prior to the assessment.

Minimum Requirements:
  • A minimum of two (2) years of full-time law enforcement experience is required.
  • Must possess the required State of Florida Law Enforcement certification standards pursuant to Section 943.13, Florida Statutes.
  • Must reside within 50 air miles of the assigned office at the time of employment.
  • Must have & maintain a valid driver’s license.
Duties & Responsibilities:

This is a career service, sworn law enforcement position assigned to a District Office.  The selected candidate must reside within 50 air miles of the office where the vacant position is assigned at the time of employment.  Responsibilities include:

  • Plans, conducts and completes all or portions of complex criminal, administrative, and civil investigations over which the Division has investigative jurisdiction.
  • Completes assigned Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SYNAR) surveys related to tobacco sales compliance additional random surveys.
  • Completes assigned alcoholic beverages surveys and random or complaint driven surveys.
  • Conducts investigations of stolen or fraudulent cigarette tax stamps; unlawful shipments of deliveries of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products; works as an undercover agent on felony cases; non-tax paid alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and fraudulent applications, tax returns, and records; and unlawful ties between manufacturers or distributors and retailers of alcoholic beverages.
  • Prepares accurate investigation, prosecution and administrative reports as well as conducts interviews, testifies in official legal proceedings, and participates in cooperative investigations with other agencies.
  • Trains and instructs law enforcement officers and others regarding State laws and rules which the Division of  Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco is responsible for enforcing and court decisions related to Division’s jurisdiction.
  • Participates in community prevention and education training events.
  • Enforces final orders, settlement agreements, and court orders, makes arrests, serves warrants, recruits and documents informants, and accounts for expenses.
  • Plans, conducts and completes inspections of businesses licensed to sell or serve alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, to promote compliance by those licensed by the Division, which includes issuing corrective notices for violations found and promoting responsible vendor acts.
  • Participates in training as required and properly maintains issued equipment.  Training includes, but is not limited to, mandatory retraining, firearms, defensive tactics, pursuit driving, felony stops, and search and seizure.
  • Maintains familiarity with the Division’s written policies and procedures, departmental legal opinions, statutory changes, rules, agency directives, and court decisions.
  • Performs related duties, gives presentations, participates in state declared emergency operations as assigned and may be given special assignments as a result of special skills, training, knowledge, ability or aptitudes which may involve physical hardship or hazard as well as extended absence from home town and/or family.
  • Maintains proper physical/mental condition to perform the duties of a sworn law enforcement officer.


Note     If selected for this position and hold a current license through the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, you may be required to place your license in an inactive status.

This position requires a security background check, physical exam, psychological exam and drug screening, as well as participation in direct deposit.
Applicants are required to apply through the People First system by the closing date. All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the advertisement. If you have any questions regarding your application, you may call 1-877-562-7287.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Must have a minimum of two (2) years of investigative experience;
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License; and,
Duties & Responsibilities:

This is a career service, non-sworn investigator position.  The selected applicant will:

  • Investigate violations of Chapters 210, 561-565 and 567-569, Florida Statutes.
  • Make frequent observations and inspections of mobile and fixed business locations selling tobacco products and alcoholic beverages.
  • Assess compliance with the State’s tobacco and alcoholic beverage laws and report findings.
  • Assist the Bureau of Licensing with application site inspections.
  • Prepare appropriate reports.
  • Prepare administrative cases.
  • Refer criminal violations to sworn personnel for investigation or follow-up.
  • Examine licensee records for compliance with applicable rules and laws relating to the purchase and sale of alcohol
    beverages and tobacco products.
  • Assist sworn officers with seizure of evidence where applicable; assists in development of district plan to measure compliance with Chapter 569, F.S. using division law enforcement resources.
  • Assist in preparing for prosecution, license discipline, administrative and forfeiture reports; collects evidence to support findings of fact and conclusion of law; testifies in judicial proceedings.
  • Examine cigarette tax stamps and invoices to detect indication of tobacco tax avoidance and evasion when arrests are expected for criminal violations.
  • Review licensing files for compliance with division rules and applicable Florida Statutes.
  • Perform other work related to administration of state’s tobacco and alcoholic beverage laws, assisting the public, agency members, other government officials, industry members, and investigators which are administrative or civil in nature.
  • Attend training in tobacco laws and rules, detection of counterfeit cigarette stamps, report writing, testifying in judicial and administrative proceedings, communication skills and other related duties and responsibilities.


NotesThe work schedule for this position varies and will be coordinated by the supervising Lieutenant.

If you are the selected candidate for this position and hold a current license through the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, you may be required to place your license in an inactive status.

This position requires a security background check and participation in direct deposit. You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) and date of birth in order to conduct this background check.

Applicants are required to apply through the People First system by the closing date. All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the advertisement.

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov .

Retirees of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how current benefits will be affected if re-employed with the State of Florida.

We hire only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. Our agency participates in the E-Verify System which is a federal government electronic database available for employers to use to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

The State of Florida provides a comprehensive package of benefits to all full-time employees, including:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Retirement and Savings Plans
  • Deferred Compensation Options
  • Paid Leave
  • Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP)

Sworn law enforcement officers receive additional benefits provided by Florida law, including:

  • Special Risk Retirement Benefits
  • Assignment of Vehicle
  • Clothing Allowance and Standard Equipment
  • Salary Incentives (based upon completion of college education or specified courses)

 The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Patrick Cunningham, Director 

Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.922.5175