This class is responsible for conducting civil and criminal investigations including complex investigations of on-going/premeditated violations, prosecuting cases before court and Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Commission, performing inspections/inventories and enforcement of liquor establishments for compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations governing the sale, storage, transportation and distribution of alcoholic beverages and related criminal statutes.
Nature and Scope
A class incumbent functions under the supervision of the Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Field Supervisor. An incumbent is responsible for conducting civil and criminal investigations including in-depth, long-term investigations of illegal acts appearing to be of a regular and organized nature as opposed to a one-time, casual violation. Since complex investigations are frequently broad ranging an incumbent often coordinates with other law enforcement agencies of Delaware, surrounding states and federal jurisdiction. An incumbent will coordinate with prosecuting entities to ensure appropriate arrest and judicial procedure. Work includes performing inspections of liquor establishments, prosecuting violators in court and before the Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Commission and providing mandatory server training to all persons employed as servers of alcoholic beverages. A significant aspect of the work involves hazardous conditions, often working alone undercover and in frequent contact with intoxicated people bearing lethal weapons while in commission of a premeditated crime. The nature of the work requires frequent night duty and at times a work week in excess of 37 1/2 hours including weekends, holidays and shift work.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Ensures exhaustive follow-up investigation of all evidence, tips and sources of information.
Ensures appropriate inclusion and coordination between multiple agencies.
Conducts Statewide Beverage Server Training classes, administers tests and issues server identification cards.
Conducts civil and criminal investigations including complex investigations such as hidden ownership, three-tier system violations, etc.
Conducts sting operations.
Conducts inspections of liquor establishments and warehouse inventory audits.
Participates in overseeing/field training lower level agents. Provides input to Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Field Supervisor on agent's performance.
Makes arrests, completes investigative and compliance reports to include crime reports that are submitted to the State Bureau of Identification; reports bay be used in court cases; prosecutes cases in court and before the Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Commission.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of applicable state and federal Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Knowledge of applicable state and federal criminal statutes concerning gambling, narcotics, prostitution and tax evasion.
Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of law enforcement.
Knowledge of criminal law including procedures for search and arrest warrants.
Knowledge of investigative and surveillance methods and techniques to include criminal investigations.
Knowledge of the use of investigative, enforcement and inspection equipment.
Skill in recognizing subtle, real and informational evidence.
Skill in coordinating and conducting complex investigations.
Skill in the use of firearms.
Skill in analyzing and evaluating information to determine course of action.
Skill in preparing/presenting a case that will withstand Commission deliberations.
Skill in controlling potentially violent situations.Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to develop leads.
Ability to oversee/train lower level agents.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Agent III Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Possession of a State of Delaware Council on Police Training Certificate.
At least two years experience as a Certified Police Officer.
Three years experience in conducting investigations which includes conducting interviews to obtain confidential information, gathering evidence and documenting findings.
Three years experience in ensuring compliance with alcohol and tobacco laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
Knowledge of staff training.
Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).