ALE Branch Head
Alcohol Law Enforcement
North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement is the lead enforcement agency for the state's alcoholic beverage control and lottery laws. ALE also administers the Boxing Authority and bingo program.
Created in 1977, ALE became a branch of the State Bureau of Investigation in 2014.
ALE special agents target problem Alcoholic Beverage Control-permitted establishments that serve as havens for violence. Problem establishments can be found violating the ABC laws, laundering money or other such criminal activity.
ALE's diverse and highly skilled workforce is measured by the positive impact it makes on communities. Their 104 sworn special agents are empowered with broad authority as peace officers to investigate, arrest, and take enforcement action for any criminal offense with a territorial jurisdiction that extends throughout North Carolina. Special agents partner with sheriffs offices, police departments, federal agencies and other state agencies upon request.
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.
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. Following a disaster, ALE special agents may also assist local law enforcement with their routine police duties such as responding to calls for service, routine patrol, staffing checkpoints and conducting search and rescue missions.
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