Alcohol Law Enforcement
|Director B.W. Collier|
North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) is a section within the Law Enforcement Division of the Department of Public Safety. Created in 1977, ALE's primary focus was as the lead enforcement agency for the state's alcoholic beverage control laws. Since its formation, ALE's role has expanded to include the enforcement of controlled substance, tobacco, lottery and gambling laws, as well as the administration of the Boxing Authority and bingo program.
Community Impact is the measure of all investigations conducted by special agents of Alcohol Law Enforcement. ALE special agents take a leadership role in the investigation of complex, multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking organizations as well as investigations targeting problem ABC permitted establishments. These problem establishments often serve as a haven for violence, violations of the ABC laws, gaming violations, money laundering and other criminal activity. By partnering with sheriffs offices, police departments, federal agencies and other state agencies, our diverse and highly skilled workforce proudly serves the citizens of North Carolina through the criminal and regulatory enforcement of the state's alcohol, narcotics and gaming statutes.
ALE's 110 sworn special agents are empowered with broad authority as peace officers to investigate, arrest, and take enforcement action for any criminal offense, and their territorial jurisdiction extends throughout North Carolina. ALE special agents may perform any law enforcement duty assigned by the secretary of Public Safety or the governor. Special agents must have detailed knowledge of the laws of arrest, search and seizure, handling of firearms, and use of deadly force. Some investigations may require lengthy surveillance, undercover operations, or other advanced techniques to collect the evidence necessary for court or administrative hearings.
In addition to conducting criminal investigations, ALE special agents also perform many public safety functions. As a member of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), ALE routinely provides assistance to FEMA, state, and local authorities by providing humanitarian relief to victims and emergency services following natural disasters. ALE special agents are often called upon to assist local law enforcement with all aspects of routine police duties to supplement departments in their disaster efforts, including responding to calls for service; routine patrol; staffing checkpoints; and conducting search and rescue missions.
The DPS Mission
Safeguard and preserve the lives and property of the people of North Carolina through prevention, protection and preparation with integrity and honor.
Goals of DPS
Prevent: We are the model for preventing and reducing crime.
Protect: North Carolina is safe for living, working and visiting.
Prepare: We are leaders in public safety readiness, communication and coordination.
Perform: We excel in every facet of our work - Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, National Guard, Adult Correction, Juvenile Justice and Quality of Administrative Services.
People: We will value each other like family.
Report Violations | 1-877-ALE-AGENT
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