Special agents are vested with statewide police authority to enforce the criminal laws of the commonwealth. They employ traditional police work, community outreach and new technologies to improve public safety throughout the commonwealth. Special agents focus on overseeing the state’s ABC laws and regulations by inspecting licensees, responding to alcohol-related complaints and performing financial investigations for administrative and criminal cases.
Special agents are recruited from a competitive applicant pool, providing an increasingly diverse workforce. Whether you're ready to transition from another law enforcement locality or just beginning your enforcement career, becoming a Virginia ABC special agent may be just the right move for you.
Duties include but are not limited to:
VA Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Law Enforcement Officer - Police Officer Certification with prior experience as a sworn Police Officer
All VA DCJS Certified Officers will be required to attend 4-6 weeks of Training in Richmond and a minimum of 12 weeks of Field Training.
A Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Law Enforcement Officer -Police Officer Certification must be achieved within 1 year of appointment.
All applicants will be required to attend 26 weeks of Training in Lynchburg, VA and a minimum of 12 weeks of Field Training.
Virginia ABC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement does have a career progression plan in place and Special Agents may be eligible for salary increases upon successful completion of the career progression periods.
Virginia ABC special agents receive specialized training, law enforcement equipment, life insurance, health insurance, sick leave, paid vacation and also earn retirement in the Virginia Law Officers Retirement System (VALORS). Sworn employees may retire with full benefits at age 50 with 25 years of service and at age 60 with five years of service.
— Special Agent Longnecker
— Special Agent Spinner
“I have wanted to be in law enforcement since high school, and at ABC, I’m never doing the same thing every day. I can make my own work schedule, which could be Underage Buyer checks during the morning and then conducting licensee inspections and observations at night. Being an ABC agent never gets boring; it allows me to serve the community in many different ways.”
— Special Agent Adkins
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