Alcohol Law Enforcement Careers

Job Requirements

Job Requirements

Applications for ALE special agent trainee positions are accepted on a continuous basis and remain on file from one recruitment time period to the next. Applicants need not reapply between postings.

ALE has high employment standards for its agents, who:

  • Must be a responsible and law abiding citizen of the United States with high moral character and personal integrity.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must have a four-year degree or an advanced degree from a resident college/university certified by one of the seven Regional Accreditation Associations.
  • Must have, or be eligible for, a valid North Carolina Driver's License.
  • Successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation including contacts with references, employers, co-workers, close personal associates, etc., and review of driving record, credit history, criminal history, and service in the military.
  • Successfully complete a pre-employment polygraph, psychological evaluation, medical examination, and urinalysis drug test.
  • Successfully complete pre-screening fitness assessment.  Cooper fitness test will be used for assessment.  This includes vertical jump, max bench press, one minute of sit-ups, 300 meter run, one minute of push-ups, and 1.5 mile run.
  • Accept employment under two (2) year probationary status, which includes successful completion of the ALE Special Agent Academy, approximately six months in duration.
  • Accept permanent assignment anywhere within North Carolina.
  • Accept temporary assignments anywhere or anytime.
  • Accept assignments requiring irregular hours; day or night, any day of a week or holidays.
  • Accept assignments requiring undercover investigation.
  • Accept assignments requiring overnight travel possibly over extended periods of time.
  • Must be willing to carry and use a firearm.
  • Must be willing to use deadly force, if warranted, to protect his or her life or the life of someone else. (Must be willing to take a person's life should circumstances dictate.)

Automatic Disqualifiers

  • Irrespective of jurisdiction, if you ever committed or been convicted of a felony or any other crime that you could be sentenced to 2 years or greater.
  • Refusal to submit to a comprehensive background investigation, credit check, submission of fingerprints, pre-employment polygraph, psychological testing and urinalysis drug screening and a pre-employment physical fitness assessment.
  • Illegally sold any drug at any time in your life.
Benefits

Benefits

  • Hiring salary range $41,000 - $43,033 annually
  • Advancement potential through promotional opportunities
  • State law enforcement retirement plan
  • North Carolina State Employee 401(k) Plan
  • North Carolina State Employee insurance coverage
  • Sick leave and annual leave
  • Workers compensation
  • Paid holidays
  • Specialized training
  • Take home vehicle
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Shift premium pay
  • Military training leave
  • Community service leave
  • Opportunity for secondary employment
Job Description

Job Description

ALE special agents have statewide territorial jurisdiction with authority to investigate and arrest for any criminal offense. With this broad statutory authority, ALE seeks individuals of the highest caliber of education and experience to enter our application process, attend the ALE Special Agent Academy, and ultimately fill positions as special agents.

Special agents must have detailed knowledge of the laws of arrest, search and seizure, handling of firearms, and use of deadly force. ALE investigations often require lengthy surveillance, undercover operations, in-depth interviews and detailed report writing, and other advanced techniques to collect the evidence necessary for court or administrative hearings.

Applicants should be self-motivated and capable of working both independently and as part of a team. Applicants must also be able to work alone in stressful, demanding environments. For those who meet the qualifications for the position of an ALE special agent, we offer career opportunities in a challenging and rewarding profession with excellent benefits.

For more information, call 919-662-4500 or e-mail.

Training

Training

Applicants who are selected to become ALE special agents must also graduate from the ALE Special Agent Academy, an 18-week residential training program held at the Samaracand Training Academy in Moore County. The ALE Special Agent Academy consists of more than 500 hours of advanced law enforcement courses and techniques including, but not limited to: ABC laws/regulations; drug laws; gambling laws; criminal investigation; interview and interrogation; physical fitness training; officer safety/survival training; firearms; tactical entry; advanced arrest, search, and seizure laws; rural and technical surveillance; ALE policy and procedure; and numerous other topics needed to prepare the trainee to become proficient in the job requirements of an ALE special agent.
 
Trainees will be required to report to the ALE Special Agent Academy on Sunday evenings and will typically be at liberty on Friday afternoons, with state holidays observed. Training is conducted in a paramilitary fashion, and the successful completion of the academy will require discipline, teamwork, dedication, and maximum effort of the trainee. Trainees should arrive at the academy in top physical and mental condition.

Application Process

Application Process

  • Initial Physical Screening: Applicants must score 60 percent or higher on the Cooper Institute fitness norms, including assessments in vertical jump, max bench press, one minute of sit-ups, 300 meter run, one minute of push-ups, and 1.5 mile run.
  • Polygraph Examination: Applicants must pass a pre-employment polygraph examination.
  • Review Board: Applicants must be interviewed and recommended by the ALE Applicant Review Board.
  • Background Investigation: Applicants must satisfactorily pass a thorough background investigation, including a check of State and Federal Bureau of Investigation records.
  • Psychological Exam: Applicants must receive a favorable recommendation from a psychological evaluation.
  • Physical Exam: Applicants must successfully pass a physical examination and drug screening.
  • Acceptance by the Branch Head: Applicants must be accepted by the Branch Head to attend the ALE Special Agent Academy.
  • Completion of Training: Applicants must successfully complete the ALE Special Agent Academy and a field training and evaluation program.

Check online for vacant positions and submit your application.

The State Bureau of Investigation Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch is an Equal Opportunity Employer